Zach Johnson on target _ again at Humana Challenge

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 8:16 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014
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"I started out a little struggling with the driver, had some lefts in it, but luckily I missed it in the right spots," Reed said. "I was really confident with my irons, kept hitting greens and all of a sudden, 10-, 12-, 15-, 20-foot putts started going in."

With wife Justine pregnant with their first child, her brother, Kessler Karain, is subbing as Reed's caddie. Justine has walked every hole with her husband this year and plans to rejoin him inside the ropes after the baby girl arrives. The due date is Memorial Day.

"We can't wait for that," Reed said. "I'm excited to be a dad."

Ryan Palmer, Justin Hicks, Daniel Summerhays and Charley Hoffman shot 64.

Palmer birdied his final six holes and nine of his last 12 on the Palmer course, the site of the final round Sunday.

"I wasn't making a whole lot of long putts, just hitting it close," Palmer said.

Hicks had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course.

"Just trying to give myself as many opportunities as I can," Hicks said.

Hoffman, the 2007 winner, had an eagle and six birdies at La Quinta.

"I love this golf course," Hoffman said. "I think this is probably one of the better tracks we play all year when it's said and done."

Summerhays birdied seven of his last 10 on the Nicklaus course.

"It's fun to make birdies," Summerhays said. "That's one of the fun things about this tournament is that the courses are a little easier. They're in perfect shape, which makes them almost even easier."

With a high temperature in the mid-80s and only a gentle morning breeze off the Santa Rosa Mountains, the players averaged 69.692 on the Palmer course, 69.431 on the Nicklaus layout, and 70.192 at La Quinta.

Keegan Bradley opened with a 69 at La Quinta in his first start of the year. He's fighting a cold and struggled with his distance control and accuracy.

"I'm still a little tired. Getting better every day," said Bradley, paired with Johnson the first three days. "I'm happy with today's round for the first round of the year."

Defending champion Brian Gay also had a 69 at La Quinta.