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LA QUINTA, California: Scott Stallings capitalized on a pair of eagles to surge five strokes clear of the field with a sizzling display of “conservatively aggressive” golf in the third round of the Humana Challenge yesterday.
One shot off the pace overnight, the 27-year-old American fired a nine-under-par 63 on the Nicklaus Private course at PGA West, one of three venues hosting the tournament renowned for its low scoring in the California desert.
Bidding for a third victory on the PGA Tour, Stallings eagled the par-five 13th and eighth after starting out at the 10th to take command with a 22-under total of 194 in the pro-am celebrity event.
“I feel good,” Stallings told reporters after scrambling well in a round that also included five birdies. “I played well. I stayed aggressive. I’ve been smart when I got out of position.
“I guess you can say it’s conservatively aggressive. Like number eight today, I hit a really good drive and had eight iron,” he said of his second eagle.