Humana Challenge 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 20, 2013

LA QUINTA, CA - JANUARY 19:  Scott Stallings waves after making an eagle putt on the eighth hole during the third round of the  Humana Challenge In Partnership With The Clinton Foundation on the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West on January 19, 2013 in La Quinta, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The PGA pros at the Humana Challenge continued to tear up the Palmer Course in La Quinta, Calif. as scores dip deep into the red.  

No one is making mincemeat of the course more than Scott Stallings.  

After going for an impressive 66 and 65 in the first two rounds on this par-72 course, the 28-year-old was even better on Saturday as he fired a nine-under 63 to drop to an impressive 22 under.

That is a full five shots clear of second place.  

Stallings is playing out of his mind right now. Check out this long putt for an eagle on the par-five eighth hole, and you can get a feel for the kind of zone he is in. 

That was the first of two eagles in Stalling's bogey-free third round. Stallings has a huge lead over a tightly bunched pack of golfers who will be ready to pounce if he slips at all on Sunday. 

These guys may not want to hold their breath waiting for Stallings to slip, though. Stallings didn't just play a bogey-free round—he has yet to finish a hole over par for the entire tournament. 

Day 3 Leaderboard

Position Player Total
1 Scott Stallings -22
T2 Roberto Castro -17
T2 Stewart Cink -17
T2 Charles Howell III -17
T2 John Rollins -17
T2 Charley Hoffman -17
T7 Sang-Moon Bae -16
T7 Kevin Streelman -16
T7 Brian Stuard -16
T7 Kevin Stadler -16
T7 Brian Gay -16
T7 Ryan Palmer -16
T7 Billy Horschel -16
T7 Lee Williams -16

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Among those locked in the tie for second is veteran Charles Howell III.

This strong showing is a great sign for Howell. He started and ended his 2012 with second-place finishes. In between, he suffered through a lot of missed cuts and disappointing performances. 

He started this year with a nice third-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii, and he is showing that—unlike last year when he followed up that second at the Sony Open with a 48th-place finish in the Humana—he will be a threat to keep that hot hand going. 

He drilled this long putt for a birdie on the par-three 15th hole. 

He fired a five-under 67 on Saturday to move to 17 under and a tie for second. 

John Rollins has turned in a solid yet unspectacular career on the course since turning pro in 1997. He has had very few moments during that career where he has played better than he is right now.

Rollins was knocking in birdies left and right on Saturday. He carded 10 of them on his way to an eight-under 64 as he now sits at 17 under for the tournament and is tied for second. 

Check out how dialed in Rollins is as he drills the flag stick on his tee shot on the par-three seventh hole and nails the birdie putt. 

Phil Mickelson has struggled in this tournament, and he was in serious jeopardy of not making the cut for the final round. However, he turned in his best performance of the tournament on Saturday with a six-under 66. 

Mickelson showed early on Saturday that he brought his game with him. Check out this tee shot on the par-three third hole:

He now sits tied for 53rd at 11 under. Lefty has no shot at catching the leaders, but at least he has his game going in the right direction. 


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