Scott Stallings opened a five-stroke lead in the Humana Challenge on Saturday, holing a 20-foot downhill putt on the par-5 eighth hole for...
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Scott Stallings opened a five-stroke lead in the Humana Challenge on Saturday, holing a 20-foot downhill putt on the par-5 eighth hole for his second eagle of the round.
Stallings shot a 9-under 63 to reach 22-under 194 after three days in perfect conditions in the Coachella Valley. He played PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus course after opening the pro-am event with a 66 on the Arnold Palmer course — the site of the final round Sunday — and shooting a 65 at La Quinta.
“I stayed aggressive,” Stallings said. “Playing with John (Rollins) was a huge help. He’s a good guy and he was an easy guy to club off of. … We made a lot of birdies the last couple days, and so we kind of fed off each other, and that’s definitely what you need to try to do in this format.”
Stallings also eagled the par-5 13th — hitting a 6-iron to 8 feet — and had five birdies in his third straight bogey-free round. The 27-year-old former Tennessee Tech player has two PGA Tour victories, winning the 2011 Greenbrier Classic and 2012 True South Classic.
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“I guess you can say it’s conservatively aggressive,” Stallings said. “Like No. 8, I hit a really good drive and had 8-iron. But just because I had 8-iron to a par 5, I fired it in the middle of the green, had a 20-footer and was happy to make it.”
Rollins had a 64 to move into a tied for second with Stewart Cink, Roberto Castro, Charles Howell III and Charley Hoffman.
“We both played real well yesterday at La Quinta,” Rollins said. “We had a good group and the mojo in the group has been positive. It was great to see a lot of good shots, putts going in.”
Cink had a 66 on the Nicklaus course.
Richard H. Lee, the ex-UW Husky, shot a 70 at La Quinta and is tied for 15th at 15 under after beginning the day tied for third, one shot off the lead.
Among those missing the cut were Seattle’s Jeff Gove, Olympia’s Andres Gonzales, Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and ex-UW Husky Troy Kelly.
Rose extends lead
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Justin Rose extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead over Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen.
A day after top-ranked Rory McIlroy and second-ranked Tiger Woods missed the cut, the fifth-ranked Englishman made his third round look easy. After three-putting on the first for a bogey, Rose had a stretch of six birdies over nine holes — including an approach shot on No. 9 that rolled to 4 feet from the hole for birdie. He nearly chipped in on No. 18 and settled for another birdie.
Olesen (69) and Donaldson (69) struggled to make putts early but finished with birdies to close the gap.
David Frost shot his second consecutive 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead over John Cook entering the final round in the first event of the 50-and-older Champions Tour season.
Frost was at 14 under at Hualalai in Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii. Kirk Triplett, a Pullman High graduate, shot a 68 and was third at 10 under, one shot ahead of Seattle native Fred Couples (69) and Tom Kite.