La Quinta, Calif. • Patrick Reed found La Quinta Country Club to his liking, too, leaving everyone else behind again in the Humana Challenge.
A day after shooting a 9-under 63 at PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course to take the lead, Reed had another 9-under 63 down the road Friday at tree-lined La Quinta to stretch his advantage to two strokes over Brendon Todd.
Patrick Reed -18
Brendon Todd -16
Ryan Palmer -15
Charley Hoffman -14
Daniel Summerhays -11
"It’s great to have that feeling that you can go out and shoot 63," said Reed, the Wyndham Championship winner in August. "And to actually do it two times in a row shows that what we have done during the offseason and what we’re doing now is working."
Rocco Mediate took the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. Mediate shot a 9-under 63 at Hualalai Golf Course, playing the first seven holes in 6-under with four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 seventh. He added birdies on Nos. 10, 14 and 18 to finish a stroke ahead of 2012 winner Dan Forsman.
St. George’s Jay Don Blake was in a tie for seventh place at 6 under.
Abu Dhabi Championship
Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes to post a 5-under 67 and lie two shots off the lead two rounds into the Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) Championship.
In a two-way tie for the lead were Scotland’s Craig Lee (67) and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello (68) at 9 under.
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