2014 Humana Challenge: Patrick Reed leads, Zach Johnson goes low again

Jeff Gross

The birdiefest that is the Humana Challenge opened on Thursday under perfect conditions in Palm Springs, and as you'd expect, there were several scores in the low 60s.

The PGA Tour swung back to continental U.S. on Thursday for the opening round of the Humana Challenge, and as always, there were plenty of birdies rolled in on the three courses in the Palm Springs area. The Nicklaus and Palmer Courses at PGA West and the La Quinta Country Club are annually rated with the lowest scoring averages of the season, so it's no surprise that most of the field is in the red, and a significant chunk posted numbers in the mid-to-low 60s.

Patrick Reed is the early pacesetter, posting a bogey-free 9-under 63 on the Palmer Course. The conditions were perfect on Thursday, and they're supped to remain that way over the next three days. Reed, who had struggled since getting his first career win at the Wyndam Championship in Greensboro last fall, took advantage of the conditions and got things rolling at PGA West. He wasn't the sharpest off the tee, but that didn't matter much as he took a one-shot lead over a quartet of touring regulars at 8-under.

Zach Johnson, who played with Reed in the opener at Kapalua, is right there again on the first page of the leaderboard at 7-under. Johnson was bogey free on the La Quinta course, and he's got to be the favorite in almost every event he enters these days. Now, with a solid first round putting him in position for another weekend charge, he's again the player on the board everyone else should be concerned about.

Ryan Palmer, the Texan who is known for his birdie streaks, is also one of the more experienced players in the hunt, thanks to six straight birdies and a back side 29 coming in on the Palmer course. Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, and Rickie Fowler are all also under par and in fine shape to contend on the weekend, even if there five and six shots back after the opening 18.

Here are the final results from the opening round in Palm Springs, with the Thursday's course abbreviated in parentheses:

Place Player Score Round 1
1 Patrick Reed (PP) -9 63
T2 Ryan Palmer (PP) -8 64
T2 Justin Hicks (NP) -8 64
T2 Daniel Summerhays (NP) -8 64
T2 Charley Hoffman (LQ) -8 64
T6 Charlie Wi (PP) -7 65
T6 Zach Johnson (LQ) -7 65
T6 Matt Every (NP) -7 65
T6 Russell Knox (PP) -7 65
T6 Hudson Swafford (NP) -7 65
T6 Bill Haas (LQ) -7 65
T6 Brendon Todd (NP) -7 65
T13 Stuart Appleby (PP) -6 66
T13 Justin Leonard (NP) -6 66
T13 Matt Jones (NP) -6 66
T13 Brett Quigley (LQ) -6 66
T13 John Merrick (LQ) -6 66
T13 Ryo Ishikawa (PP) -6 66
T13 Kevin Kisner (NP) -6 66
T20 Scott Brown (PP) -5 67
T20 Brad Fritsch (PP) -5 67
T20 Jim Herman (NP) -5 67
T20 Heath Slocum (NP) -5 67
T20 Will MacKenzie (NP) -5 67
T20 Andrew Loupe (PP) -5 67
T20 Jason Kokrak (NP) -5 67
T20 Aaron Baddeley (LQ) -5 67
T20 Harris English (LQ) -5 67
T20 Brian Stuard (LQ) -5 67
T20 Brice Garnett (PP) -5 67
T31 Greg Chalmers (NP) -4 68
T31 Josh Teater (NP) -4 68
T31 Cameron Tringale (LQ) -4 68
T31 Jonathan Byrd (PP) -4 68
T31 Scott Stallings (NP) -4 68
T31 Charlie Beljan (LQ) -4 68
T31 Seung-Yul Noh (PP) -4 68
T31 Chad Collins (NP) -4 68
T31 Michael Putnam (LQ) -4 68
T31 John Peterson (LQ) -4 68
T31 Roberto Castro (PP) -4 68
T31 Rory Sabbatini (PP) -4 68
T31 Rickie Fowler (LQ) -4 68
T31 David Hearn (PP) -4 68
T31 Joe Durant (PP) -4 68
T31 James Driscoll (PP) -4 68
T31 Kevin Na (NP) -4 68
T48 Martin Flores (PP) -3 69
T48 Harrison Frazar (NP) -3 69
T48 Keegan Bradley (LQ) -3 69
T48 Bryce Molder (PP) -3 69
T48 Jeff Maggert (PP) -3 69
T48 Pat Perez (LQ) -3 69
T48 Brendon de Jonge (LQ) -3 69
T48 Ben Curtis (PP) -3 69
T48 Tyrone Van Aswegen (NP) -3 69
T48 Jamie Lovemark (LQ) -3 69
T48 Kevin Tway (LQ) -3 69
T48 Scott Langley (LQ) -3 69
T48 Kevin Stadler (NP) -3 69
T48 Jerry Kelly (LQ) -3 69
T48 Webb Simpson (PP) -3 69
T48 Davis Love III (PP) -3 69
T48 Derek Ernst (NP) -3 69
T48 Ted Potter, Jr. (NP) -3 69
T48 Brian Gay (LQ) -3 69
T48 David Toms (LQ) -3 69
T48 Spencer Levin (PP) -3 69
T48 Bronson La'Cassie (NP) -3 69
T48 David Lingmerth (LQ) -3 69
T48 Brian Davis (PP) -3 69
T48 Brian Harman (NP) -3 69
T48 Gary Woodland (PP) -3 69
T48 Jhonattan Vegas (NP) -3 69
T48 Luke Guthrie (PP) -3 69
T48 Martin Laird (NP) -3 69
T48 Peter Malnati (PP) -3 69
T48 Tim Wilkinson (PP) -3 69
T48 Andrew Svoboda (NP) -3 69
T80 Sean O'Hair (NP) -2 70
T80 Kevin Chappell (LQ) -2 70
T80 Robert Garrigus (LQ) -2 70
T80 Robert Allenby (NP) -2 70
T80 Alex Aragon (NP) -2 70
T80 William McGirt (NP) -2 70
T80 Bo Van Pelt (LQ) -2 70
T80 Brendan Steele (LQ) -2 70
T80 Ben Crane (LQ) -2 70
T80 Jonas Blixt (LQ) -2 70
T80 Blake Adams (PP) -2 70
T80 Erik Compton (LQ) -2 70
T80 Camilo Villegas (NP) -2 70
T80 Jason Bohn (LQ) -2 70
T80 Daniel Chopra (LQ) -2 70
T80 James Hahn (PP) -2 70
T80 Jeff Overton (LQ) -2 70
T80 Lee Williams (NP) -2 70
T98 John Senden (NP) -1 71
T98 Ken Duke (PP) -1 71
T98 Will Claxton (PP) -1 71
T98 Scott Gardiner (NP) -1 71
T98 Freddie Jacobson (PP) -1 71
T98 J.J. Henry (NP) -1 71
T98 Chesson Hadley (PP) -1 71
T98 Edward Loar (NP) -1 71
T98 Scott Piercy (NP) -1 71
T98 Carl Pettersson (NP) -1 71
T98 Nicholas Thompson (PP) -1 71
T98 Steven Bowditch (NP) -1 71
T98 Chad Campbell (PP) -1 71
T98 Chris DiMarco (PP) -1 71
T98 Bud Cauley (LQ) -1 71
T113 Paul Goydos (PP) E 72
T113 Sang-Moon Bae (LQ) E 72
T113 Billy Hurley III (LQ) E 72
T113 Nicolas Colsaerts (LQ) E 72
T113 Brandt Snedeker (LQ) E 72
T113 Wes Roach (NP) E 72
T113 John Rollins (PP) E 72
T113 Briny Baird (PP) E 72
T113 Dudley Hart (PP) E 72
T113 John Daly (LQ) E 72
T113 Morgan Hoffmann (NP) E 72
T113 Billy Horschel (PP) E 72
T113 Johnson Wagner (PP) E 72
T113 Y.E. Yang (NP) E 72
T113 Lucas Glover (NP) E 72
T113 Scott McCarron (LQ) E 72
T113 Bobby Gates (PP) E 72
T130 Stephen Ames (PP) 1 73
T130 Mike Weir (PP) 1 73
T130 Mark Brooks (NP) 1 73
T130 Chris Stroud (LQ) 1 73
T130 Jesper Parnevik (LQ) 1 73
T130 Richard H. Lee (LQ) 1 73
T130 Scott Verplank (PP) 1 73
T130 Stewart Cink (LQ) 1 73
T130 Charles Howell III (NP) 1 73
T130 Retief Goosen (NP) 1 73
T130 Peter Jacobsen (LQ) 1 73
T130 Danny Lee (LQ) 1 73
T142 Ricky Barnes (LQ) 2 74
T142 Geoff Ogilvy (NP) 2 74
T142 Mark Wilson (NP) 2 74
T142 Tommy Gainey (PP) 2 74
T142 Justin Thomas (LQ) 2 74
T147 Troy Merritt (PP) 3 75
T147 Will Wilcox (LQ) 3 75
T147 Troy Matteson (PP) 3 75
T147 D.J. Trahan (NP) 3 75
T147 Lee Janzen (NP) 3 75
T147 John Mallinger (LQ) 3 75
T147 Ben Martin (LQ) 3 75
T154 Alan Scheer (PP) 7 79
T154 Trevor Immelman (LQ) 7 79
WD Boo Weekley -- --

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