La Quinta, Calif. • Patrick Reed went low in perfect scoring and weather conditions Thursday at the Humana Challenge. He wasn’t alone.
Reed ran off five straight birdies in the middle of his round on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course and finished with a bogey-free 9-under 63 to tie his career low.
"The course is in perfect shape," said Reed, the Wyndham Championship winner in August. "The rough isn’t very high, the fairways are perfect and the greens are rolling very true. That’s the main thing to being successful out here is with how great the conditions are, that if you’re hitting putts on line, they’re going to go in, no matter what."
Ryan Palmer, Justin Hicks, Daniel Summerhays and Charley Hoffman shot 64.
Reed started on the back nine and birdied Nos. 16-18 and 1-2 to get to 7-under. He added birdies on Nos. 6 and 7.
"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.
Mickelson trails by six strokes in UAB
In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Phil Mickelson didn’t have much success with his new driver in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, failing to make a single birdie in a 1-over 73 to sit six shots behind the leaders.
Mickelson made 17 straight pars in his first round of the year before a bogey on his last hole, joining a number of big names who struggled on the opening day.
Matthew Baldwin of England was tied for the lead with Romain Wattel of France and Rafa Cabrera-Bello after a 67. Seven players were one shot behind.
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