Tour Tracker: Reed maintains lead at Humana

Patrick Reed during the second round of the Humana Challenge.

Patrick Reed followed Thursday's first-round 9-under 63 on PGA West's Palmer Private Course with another 9-under 63 Friday at La Quinta Country Club.

And at 18 under, Reed leads the Humana Challenge by two shots over Brendon Todd, who carded a 63 Friday on the Palmer Course.

Low numbers were again everywhere, and 21 players are now 10 under or better at the halfway point.

Here's how it all unfolded Friday in La Quinta, Calif.:

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Update No. 24: 6:18 p.m. EST

Brendon Todd birdies the par-5 18th at the Palmer Private Course to finish with a 9-under 63. At 16 under, Todd is two shots back of Patrick Reed. In addition to Todd's 63, Reed and James Driscoll (13 under) shot 63 at La Quinta CC on Friday while Stewart Cink (8 under) fired a 9-under 63 at the Nicklaus Private Course.

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Update No. 23: 6:09 p.m. EST

James Driscoll cards the second 9-under 63 at La Quinta CC today – leader Patrick Reed also shot 63. Driscoll is 13 under overall, five shots back of Reed.

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Update No. 22: 5:36 p.m. EST

Jesper Parnevik's second-round 8-under 64 Friday on the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West was his first PGA Tour round in the 60s since the third round of last year's Humana Challenge.

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Update No. 21: 5:23 p.m. EST

Patrick Reed cards a second straight 9-under 63, this time at La Quinta CC, and he's the clubhouse leader at 18 under. His second-round 63 included eight birdies, one eagle and one bogey.

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Update No. 20: 5:01 p.m. EST

Brendon Todd birdies the par-5 14th at the Palmer Private Course to move to 15 under. He's tied for second with Ryan Palmer, who just wrapped up a second-round 7-under 65 at La Quinta CC. Todd's latest birdie is his 15th of the tournament so far. He also has zero bogeys.

Meanwhile, Patrick Reed is now 9 under through 17 holes today at La Quinta CC. Reed leads by three shots at 18 under overall.

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Update No. 19: 4:52 p.m. EST

Zach Johnson nearly had a hole-in-one at the par-3 third hole at PGA West's Nicklaus Private Course, but his tee ball had a little too much speed, hopping over the hole.

His playing competitor, Keegan Bradley, was next on the tee and delivered with a nice tee ball himself. Only difference: Bradley's found the bottom of the cup.

The ace moves Bradley to 8 under overall. Johnson is 8 under, as well, after sinking his birdie putt at No. 3.

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Update No. 18: 4:40 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler just wrapped up a 1-under 71 on the Nicklaus Course. Fowler is 5 under overall. His playing competitor, Brandt Snedeker, fared much better today, carding an 8-under 64. Snedeker is 8 under overall.

And speaking of 8 under, Patrick Reed is now 8 under through 16 holes today at La Quinta CC, and at 17 under overall, Reed leads by three shots.

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Update No. 17: 4:26 p.m. EST

Patrick Reed pushes his lead back to two shots with a birdie at the par-3 15th at La Quinta CC. Reed is now 16 under overall, 7 under through 15 holes today.

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Update No. 16: 4:15 p.m. EST

There are 10 players at 10 under or better right now, including former University of Georgia teammates Brendon Todd (14 under) and Kevin Kisner (10 under). Todd is a shot back of leader Patrick Reed (15 under), who is now 6 under through 14 holes today at La Quinta CC.

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Update No. 15: 3:34 p.m. EST

After a par at the par-5 11th at La Quinta CC, Patrick Reed birdies the par-3 12th to get to 15 under. He now leads by three shots over Brendon Todd and Daniel Summerhays.

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Update No. 14: 3:31 p.m. EST

Former Alabama standout Justin Thomas shot 74 on Thursday at La Quinta CC, but he's getting some shots back today. Thomas is 4 under through eight holes on the Nicklaus Course and currently is 2 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 13: 3:18 p.m. EST

Ben Crane has the best round of the day going at 7 under through 13 holes on the Nicklaus Course. He's tied for seventh at 9 under overall.

You could, of course, say he's going insane, referencing his "Golf Boys 2.Oh" video. So you've already seen the video a million times? Let's make that a million and one . . .

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Update No. 12: 3:11 p.m. EST

While Patrick Reed leads by two shots at 14 under, here's where some of the big names stand on the leaderboard:

  • Bill Haas, T-7, 9 under (2 under through 8 holes, Nicklaus)
  • Harris English, T-13, 8 under (3 under through 8 holes, Nicklaus)
  • Zach Johnson, T17, 7 under (even through 5 holes, Nicklaus)
  • Rickie Fowler, T-43, 5 under, (1 under through 12 holes, Nicklaus)
  • Keegan Bradley, T-58, 4 under (1 under through 5 holes, Nicklaus)
  • Brandt Snedeker, T-77, 3 under (3 under through 12 holes, Nicklaus)
  • Webb Simpson, T-77, 3 under (even through 10 holes, La Quinta)

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Update No. 11: 2:53 p.m. EST

Brendon Todd birdies the par-5 sixth hole on the Palmer Course, his fourth birdie in his first six holes. As a result, the former Georgia player is tied for second at 11 under.

Todd played 10 events each on the PGA and Web.com tours in 2013. He had five top 25s on the PGA Tour and eight top 25s, including a victory and a runner-up finish, on the Web.com Tour. So far this season on the PGA Tour, Todd has made all five cuts and notched four finishes of T-26 or better.

He's also ranked 23rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin pro rankings.

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Update No. 10: 2:40 p.m. EST

A birdie at the 10th on the Palmer Course moves Matt Jones to 9 under overall and 3 under on his round today. He's four shots back of leader Patrick Reed (13 under).

Jones tied for 20th on Tour with five top 10s last season, but through three events so far this season, Jones has yet to record a top-10 finish.

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Update No. 9: 2:11 p.m. EST

After starting the day 6 under through six holes, Matt Every is now 2 over in his last four holes on the Palmer Course. As a result, Every drops back to 11 under, two back of Patrick Reed's lead.

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Update No. 8: 2:08 p.m. EST

Patrick Reed birdies the par-5 sixth at La Quinta CC to move into a share of first with Matt Every at 13 under. They are 4 under and 6 under on their rounds today, respectively.

Here are some other big movers up the leaderboard:

  • Daniel Summerhays, 12 under, 4 under through six holes (Palmer)
  • Brendon Todd, 10 under, 3 under through four holes (Palmer)
  • Ben Crane, 8 under, 6 under through nine holes (Nicklaus)

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Update No. 7: 1:50 p.m. EST

Matt Every's strong start has stalled a bit with three straight pars. He still ends up with a 6-under 30 on the front nine at the Palmer Course, and at 13 under he holds a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed.

Reed just eagled the par-5 fifth at La Quinta CC to get to 12 under. Check out this For Your Game video of Reed demonstrating one of his favorite chipping drills:

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Update No. 6: 1:26 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler birdies the par-4 15th hole on the Nicklaus Private Course to move to 6 under overall, 2 under through six holes today.

This is Fowler's first start of 2014 – he made two cuts earlier in the 2013-14 season, a the CIMB Classic and HSBC Champions.

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Update No. 5: 1:16 p.m. EST

Daniel Summerhays is tied for second at 10 under along with Patrick Reed. The pair is three shots back of leader Matt Every, who is now 6 under through his first seven holes.

Summerhays has had a decent start to the season, as he's made five of six cuts and finished T-46 or better four times, including posting a T-10 showing at the McGladrey Classic. He's currently 40th in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 4: 12:58 p.m. EST

The hot start continues for Matt Every, who just eagled the par-5 sixth hole on the Palmer Private Course to move to 13 under. He's 6 under through six holes today.

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Update No. 3: 12:40 p.m. EST

Matt Every has four birdies in his first five holes, including his latest at the par-3 fifth on the Palmer Private Course, and he's now the solo leader at 11 under, one shot ahead of Patrick Reed.

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Update No. 2: 12:32 p.m. EST

And now it's a two-way tie for the lead as Matt Every birdies the fourth hole on the Palmer Private Course to move to 10 under. Patrick Reed is also 10 under.

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Update No. 1: 12:28 p.m. EST

First-round leader Patrick Reed gets off to a good start in Round 2 as he birdies his opening hole at La Quinta CC to move to 10 under. He's now a shot ahead of Matt Every, who is 2 under through his first three holes on the Palmer Private Course.

Click here to read more about Reed's first-round 63, as well as more news from Thursday's opening round.

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Weather conditions

Expect a day somewhat like Thursday: Temps in the upper 60s as play begins, with a high around 80 (so just a tad cooler) – and a bit more wind, around 10 mph most of the day, give or take. In other words, most of us will be really, really envious.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: P. Reed leads; Z. Johnson keeps close; more

True to form, 19 players shot 66 or better in the first round of the Humana Challenge. As usual, it’s go low or go home. Patrick Reed led the way with a 9-under-par 63 at the PGA West Palmer Private Course. He leads by one stroke over the quartet of Ryan Palmer (Palmer Course), Charley Hoffman (La Quinta CC) and Justin Hicks and Daniel Summerhays (both at PGA West Nicklaus Private Course).

Clinton getting back in swing of things at Humana

Bill Clinton hasn't picked up his sticks quite as often over the last few years, but says he intends on fixing that problem in 2014.

Tour Tracker: Reed leads after Humana Challenge first round

Patrick Reed's 63 on the PGA West-Palmer Private course, in which he gradually moved into contention before taking control of the day, gave him a one-shot lead after 18 holes at the Humana Challenge.

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Wednesday's coverage

Rude: Bob Hope's days of celebrity-studded event are history

For better or for worse, this is not your grandfather’s Bob Hope tournament. That era is gone. During the past couple of years the pro-am tournament has moved from five rounds to four and from 25-30 celebrities to four.

Expert picks: Z. Johnson tops list of favorites

Zach Johnson is among the experts' favorites for this week's Humana Challenge in Southern California on the PGA Tour. Harris English is another name frequently mentioned, along with Brendon de Jonge among sleepers.

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Tuesday's coverage

Mirror images: English, Swafford travel similar paths to Tour

PGA Tour golf fans, say hello to Harris English. Oh, and offer greetings to Hudson Swafford. Got it? You probably don’t, but don’t feel embarrassed if you confuse them. You’re not the first, and you won’t be the last.

B. Steele enters Humana stronger, with cop as fill-in caddie

Brendan Steele is a native of nearby Idyllwild, Calif., a town nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains, and as a kid attended the Bob Hope Classic a few times with his father and brother. Now Steele, 30, is back at what qualifies as his hometown tournament.

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