LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Reed was pleased with the twin 9-under 63s next to his name at the top of the Humana Challenge leaderboard.
He had some other numbers in mind, too — the shots he let get away.
"Today, I felt like there was three shots out there," Reed said Friday. "Yesterday, I thought there was one or two out there. So there's still room for improvement."
How often is he completely satisfied?
"Never," Reed said.
Not long ago, Reed was working on such a tight margin that a shot or two was the difference between playing and packing. He didn't squander many of those chances, either, successfully Monday-qualifying for six events and making 12 starts in 2012 before earning his PGA Tour card at Q-school that December.
That experience has come in handy this week.
"For sure," Reed said. "It's a birdiefest, this tournament is. ... It's pretty easy to get in that Monday-qualifying mindset."
He opened Thursday on PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course, played tree-lined La Quinta Country Club on Friday and was headed back to PGA West on Saturday for a round on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course. The tournament will end Sunday on the Palmer course.
"I'm going to go in doing the same thing I did going into today and same thing I did going into the first day," said Reed, the Wyndham Championship winner in August with wife Justine at his side as his caddie.
"Stick to my notes, stick to my game plans. If I don't have to hit driver and I can hit an iron off the tee, then I'm going to hit iron off the tee. Whatever allows me to get on the green is key for me, because my putter is really working."
Justine is pregnant with their first child, and her brother, Kessler Karain, is subbing as Reed's caddie. Justine has walked every hole with her 23-year-old husband this year and plans to rejoin him inside the ropes after the baby girl arrives around Memorial Day.
Justine got a good look at his best shot of the day, a high 5-iron approach on the par-5 fifth that landed softly and rolled to 4 feet to set up an eagle. He also had eight birdies and his lone bogey in 36 holes.
"That tee shot on 5's not easy," Reed said. "You have to hit a perfect high cut around that tree and if it goes straight, you're actually through the fairway. You have to hit a hook around those trees.