Red-hot Reed moves two ahead at La Quinta

Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:30pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - American Patrick Reed once again flourished in near-perfect scoring conditions as he stretched his lead to two shots in Friday's second round of the $5.7 million Humana Challenge at La Quinta, California.

One stroke ahead overnight after opening with a nine-under-par 63 on the Arnold Palmer Private course at PGA West, the red-hot Reed followed up with another sizzling 63, this time at La Quinta Country Club.

The 23-year-old piled up eight birdies, an eagle at the par-five fifth and a lone bogey in dazzling desert sunshine with barely a hint of wind to post an 18-under total of 126 in the pro-am event being played at three venues.

American journeyman Brendon Todd birdied his final hole for a flawless 63 on the Palmer Private layout, ending the day a stroke in front of compatriot Ryan Palmer, who carded a 65 at La Quinta.

Fellow American Charley Hoffman, the 2007 champion, was a further shot back at 14 under after returning a 66 on the Nicklaus Private course.

Reed, who made up for some wayward driving in Thursday's opening round with a sizzling putting display, tightened his hold on the tournament after producing much better form off the tee on Friday.

"To start off the day hitting a perfect drive on the first and second holes ... gave me a little bit of extra confidence in that club," the Texan told reporters. "So I was able to attack and be more aggressive off the tees.

"Whenever you start with hitting a soft sand wedge to four feet on the first and tap in for birdie ... you just carry that momentum straight through."

PLAYOFF BREAKTHROUGH   Continued...