January 22 2012
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- As the Humana Challenge heads to its final nine holes, there are three players tied for the lead and another 15 within four strokes of the pace the trio at the top is setting at 20 under.
Mark Wilson, who was three strokes ahead when the third round was completed Sunday morning, has yet to make a birdie in the final round. He's 1 over for the day and now tied with John Mallinger and Robert Garrigus.
Mallinger is having the best round of the leaders after making the turn in 4 under. Garrigus is 2 under after an impressive par at the ninth where he hit his drive well right, put his second in a greenside bunker and blasted out to 20 inches.
Garrigus, who shot a career-low 61 in the third round, had regained a share of the lead with a birdie on the previous hole. He had a 28-inch putt -- oddly, the same length as the little putter he once used -- to move back to 20 under.
John Senden is 4 under through 11 holes and trails the leaders by one stroke. Jeff Maggert, Bobby Gates, Ben Crane, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson and last week's winner, Johnson Wagner, are tied at 18 under.