Another perfect day in the Coachella Valley. Another 9-under 63 for Patrick Reed in the Humana Challenge.
Reed broke the PGA Tour record for relation to par for the first 54 holes, finishing at 27 under Saturday to take a seven-stroke lead into the final round.
Reed birdied his final hole on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course, hitting a wedge to 2 feet on the par-4 ninth.
"Any time you set a record on the PGA Tour it means you're doing something right," Reed said. "At the same time it doesn't matter if you have the 54-hole lead. All that matters is at the end of Sunday."
Reed, 23, broke the mark of 25 under shared by Gay Brewer (1967 Pensacola Open), Ernie Els (2003 Tournament of Champions), Steve Stricker (2010 John Deere Classic) and Pat Perez (2009 Humana).
"It's like I'm in a putting coma. The hole seems huge," said Reed, who played Thursday at PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course and Friday at La Quinta Country Club.
Charley Hoffman and Brendon Todd were tied for second. Hoffman had a 66 on the Palmer course -- the site of the final round. Todd shot 68 at La Quinta.
European Tour: A 9-under 63 put Phil Mickelson in second place at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, while Rory McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for a rules infraction that dropped him into a tie for fourth.
Mickelson had the best round of the day to sit two shots behind Craig Lee (69), who was at 12-under 204.
Tournament officials ruled McIlroy had taken a drop incorrectly on No. 2 and adjusted his score to a double-bogey 7. That gave him a 70 for the round to sit a shot behind Mickelson and Gaganjeet Bhullar (66).
McIlroy had to take relief when his ball ended up on a gallery crosswalk. But the caddie of playing partner Ricardo Gonzalez said McIlroy had his left foot on the white line marking the drop area, meaning he had not taken "full relief" according to the rules. Officials reviewed the situation after McIlroy completed play.
"There's a lot of stupid rules and this is one of them," he said.
Champions Tour: Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples shared the lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Hawaii). Langer shot an 8-under 64 to get to 14 under, and Couples had his second straight 65. Mark O'Meara (65) was at 131.