Brian Gay made up a six-shot deficit in the final round and then beat Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth to win the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. It is Gay's fourth career PGA TOUR victory.
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LA QUINTA, Calif. -- We now have a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after Scott Stallings' bogey at the par-4 16th hole.
Stallings, who started the final round with a five-stroke lead, is deadlocked with David Lingmerth and Brian Gay, who have finished their rounds, and Charles Howell III who is about to tee off on the par-5 18th hole.
Gay, who was on the fringe of the 18th green in two, eventually missed an 8-footer that would have given him sole possession of the lead. He shot 63. Lingmerth birdied the 18th to shoot 62 and get to 25 under.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Scott Stallings regained sole possession of the lead when he two-putted from the fringe for birdie at the par-5 11th hole.
The birdie was Stallings' second straight and moved him to 26 under. Brian Gay, who is playing three groups ahead of Stallings, has made nine birdies in his first 15 holes and trails by one.
Rookie David Lingmerth, who tied for 31st last week in his PGA TOUR debut, is also 9 under for the day with two holes remaining. He's 24 under while his playing partner Nicolas Thompson and Charles Howell III are tied, another stroke in arrears.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Don't look now but Brian Gay has joined Scott Stallings at the top of the leaderboard at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
Gay rolled in a 3-footer for birdie at the par-5 11th hole to move to 24 under. The birdie was his fifth in the last six holes and eighth of the day.
Stallings, on the other hand, has just made the turn at 2 under.
Kevin Chappell's bid for a 59 ended after he was unable to hole his shot from the fairway at the ninth hole. He ended up three-putting from 39 feet for bogey and tossed the ball into the lake.
Even so, the round of 62 eclipsed Chappell's previous career-best on TOUR by three strokes.
Rookie David Lingmerth and Nicholas Thompson, who are playing together, are both 7 under through 12 holes and 22 under for the tournament. They are tied with Charles Howell III, who is 5 under through 11 holes.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Yes, Scott Stallings has the upper hand. But make no mistake, there are birdies to be had at the Palmer Private Course on Sunday.
You have to look no farther than Kevin Chappell, who started on the back nine. He has surged into a tie for second at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation after playing his first 12 holes in 8 under.
Chappell, who is from Fresno, made six birdies on the back nine and added another pair on Nos. 1 and 2. He's 20 under and tied with David Lingmerth, who is 5 under through seven holes on the front, and Brian Gay, who is 4 under through six.
Stallings, though, has made three straight birdies starting at the second hole. So his lead remains five strokes.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Thanks in part to a penalty assessed to Brian Gay on the 17th hole -- his eighth in the second round -- 18 more players made the cut at the Travelers Championship on Saturday than would have had he not been penalized.
Here was the scenario: Gay hit his approach shot from a fairway bunker into the hazard short and left of the green on the difficult par 4.
Gay stepped on the ball while looking for it in the thick rough within the hazard.
When they called for a rules official, their argument was that the ball was already embedded. However, Gay was assessed a one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2, which states that there’s a one-shot penalty if a player or his caddie touches the ball or causes it to move.
By saying he’d come in contact with the ball, Gay was, in essence, saying just that, according to PGA TOUR VP of Rules and Competition Mark Russell -- though Gay and caddie Kip Henley tried to state their argument for the better part of an hour after the round that the ball was already embedded.
Gay tried to play the ball out of the hazard, but it went just a few feet before he pitched up short of the green and eventually onto it and two-putted for a quadruple-bogey.
With the penalty Gay shot a 2-over 72 to finish his first two rounds at even par -- and right on the cut line.
If not for the penalty, Gay would have been the 70th player to finished at 1 under, which would have been the cut. Instead, 69 players finished at that number meaning the 18 other players at even par ended up making the cut.
Gay didn’t any better with the 17th hole in third round, either.
He hit his tee shot into the same fairway bunker, then hit his approach into the water and had to take a drop before making bogey.
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Caddie Kip Henley earns his keep scaring off an alligator near Brian Gay’s ball on the par-5 15th hole.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Kip Henley: full-time caddie, part-time alligator chaser.
During the opening round of the RBC Heritage, Henley used a rake to shoo away a 10-foot alligator from the ball of his boss Brian Gay on the 15th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links.
“I didn’t see any other option,” Henley said Friday. “We had to get him out of there.”
It wasn’t the first time.
Just three weeks ago at the Transitions Championship, Henley grabbed one by the tail -- though that episode was not captured by television cameras, nor was the gator as large. Henley, who grew up in Tennessee and still lives there, estimates that he’s grabbed about five gators by the tail.
“I’m not afraid of them if they’re facing away from you,” he said. “They won’t snap back around at you. If they can get in the water they’ll take off. This was the most stubborn one I’ve ever seen. I thought it might be a bad time with the cameras on me for him to snap around and actually get me.”
Gay, who missed the cut, joked he might not have minded if it did.
“I didn’t want to see him get hurt, but I was hoping he would so he wouldn’t do it again,” Gay said. “What have you got to gain?”
In this case, not much. Gay went on to bogey the hole.
“I went down there to have a look,” said Tim Clark, who was playing alongside Gay. “But yea, it wasn’t my shot so I didn’t need to try to get rid of him.”
At least one member of the group wasn’t surprised by Henley’s exploits.
“I felt sorry for that gator,” said veteran caddie Keith Nolan. “I’ve seen him in action. I’m surprised he didn’t turn him into a belt or a pair of shoes.”
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- It looks like Bill Murray and D.A. Points likely won’t repeat as the winners of the celebrity competition here. Not unless something miraculous happens.
Points and Murray are a combined 9 under -- and a dozen shots off the pace of Padraig Harrington and European business mogul J.P. McManus, who are a half-dozen shots clear of Brian Gay and eBay president and CEO John Donahoe.
Harrington, by the way, is faring pretty well in the regular tournament, too. He’s 5 under through eight holes at Pebble Beach and 7 under overall.
Tiger Woods and Tony Romo, meanwhile, are a combined 11 under and tied for 20th at the moment.
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