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The Tour Report

January 22 2012

6:30 PM

Cut check: Defending champ exits

LA QUINTA -- The 54-hole cut was made at 6 under with 75 players remaining to compete in the fourth round of the Humana Challenge.

Phil Mickelson, a two-time champion in the desert, ended up making it with a shot to spare after converting a 4-footer for birdie on his final hole at the Palmer Course to shoot 66.

Bill Haas, the 2010 Humana Challenge champ who lost in a playoff last year, came back on Sunday morning with some work to do, too. He had started on the back nine at La Quinta, played seven holes and was 5 under for the tournament when play was suspended by high winds.

The reigning FedExCup champ promptly made bogey on the 17th hole to drop back to 4 under for the tournament as he made the turn. But Haas came up with consecutive birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to end up making the cut on the number.

Among the notables missing the cut were Harrison Frazar, who had top-10s in each of the first PGA TOUR events of the season; defending champ Jhonattan Vegas; former Masters champ Trevor Immelman; David Duval, who shot 59 on the Palmer Course when he won in 1999; and Anthony Kim, who went to high school in La Quinta.

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