Reed claims narrow advantage

US Tour

Patrick Reed carded a nine-under-par 63 to claim a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Humana Challenge on Thursday.

Starting on the back nine, the 23-year-old carded two birdies in the first six holes but went on a run of five consecutive birdies from the 16th before picking up two more shots on the sixth and seventh.

“I felt like there were some things I could have improved on, but at the same time whenever you tap in for par on the last hole and shoot 63, you’re pretty happy,” the winner at last year’s Wyndham Championship told the PGA Tour’s official website after his round.

Also playing on the Palmer course was compatriot Ryan Palmer, who carded 64 to finish the first round in La Quinta, California one shot behind the leader alongside Justin Hicks and Daniel Summerhays, who played on the neighbouring Nicklaus course.

Another stroke further behind is Zach Johnson, who continued his marvelous start to the year with a 65 on Thursday.

Johnson started the 2014 PGA Tour season with a victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua before finishing in a share of eighth at last week’s Sony Open.

Joining the former Masters champion in a tie for sixth are South Korea’s Charlie Wi, Russell Knox of Scotland and Americans Matt Every, Hudson Swafford and Bill Haas.

Other notable players competing in the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic includes Harris English (67), Rickie Fowler (68), Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Gary Woodland, who all carded first round 69s.

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