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Benjamin Alvarado is scheduled to compete in next week's Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour.

The holdover PGA TOUR rookie has limited his action to a team competition in his native Argentina in late October. It's his only start anywhere since he missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic in early July. He has a pair of medical extensions on the PGA TOUR for two different injuries that impacted his 2013-14 season during which he cashed only once in six tries. A knee injury in 2013 yielded four starts to earn $699,104 or 423 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. He was also given four starts on a Minor Medical Extension for a wrist injury suffered during the season. So, he'll have status in the reshuffle for his first four starts. If he doesn't meet the terms of the medical, Alvarado will drop into the Minor Medical category for another four starts.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 24 - 11:14 PM

Joe Affrunti is listed in the published field of next week's Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour.

This is the earliest the developmental circuit has begun a season since 2010 when it piggybacked a pair of tournaments in New Zealand and Australia. Affrunti has been sidelined since August of 2013. He had surgery on his hip four months later, and then aggravated it last spring. He still has eight starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category on the PGA TOUR to collect $599,714 and get promoted to the Major Medical category. Interestingly, even though he first earned his PGA TOUR card in 2011, because he hasn't exceeded seven starts in any season since, he's still considered a rookie on the circuit. He played six times in 2011 and made five starts in 2013. He didn't play the TOUR in 2012 and 2014.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 24 - 11:05 PM

Jason Dufner completed 54 holes of the Humana Challenge in 6-under-par 76-65-69=210, missing the cut by two strokes.

Seventy-two golfers survived at 8-under 208 or lower, so all will play the final round at PGA West's Palmer Private. Dufner had cashed in his last five trips to the desert dating back to 2007, but he hadn't returned since 2012. After a dreadful opened at La Quinta Country Club this week, he lit up both tracks at PGA West for a total of one eagle and 10 birdies against two bogeys, so he'll take some confidence into next week's stop at TPC Scottsdale where he missed the cut in his last visit in 2013. Other notables that failed to survive today's cut include: 209--Zach Johnson; Jerry Kelly; rookie Zac Blair ... 210--rookie Nick Taylor; Brandt Snedeker ... 211--Russell Knox ... 213--2011 champ Jhonattan Vegas; Steven Bowditch ... 214--2006 champ Chad Campbell; Luke Donald; Andres Gonzales ... 215--1996 champ Mark Brooks ... 216--2005 champ Justin Leonard ... 229--2003 champ Mike Weir.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 24 - 7:49 PM

Patrick Reed climbed back into contention with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 at PGA West's Palmer Private during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

After a second-round stumble, Reed showed his love for these Humana courses yet again to climb back up the leaderboard. He walked off the course with 2.743 strokes gained: tee-to-green. Reed now has rounds of 68 or better in seven of his 10 career rounds at the Humana. Sitting three strokes off the lead at 14-under 202, he is in great position to make a run toward defending his title.
Jan 24 - 7:48 PM

Martin Laird enjoyed a 4-under-par 33-35=68 at La Quinta Country Club during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

The Scot hit just eight (of 14) fairways today but corrected those mishaps to avoid bogeys on all but one hole, the par-4 10th. Going back a few years, Laird now has rounds of 68 or better in 14 of his last 20 at the Humana. Sitting at 14-under 202, Laird makes for a very appealing dark horse to come from behind and take home the hardware this week.
Jan 24 - 7:40 PM

Sung Joon Park paraded around La Quinta Country Club to the tune of a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

The PGA TOUR rookie continues to keep the pedal down and now has three straight sub-69s. His lowest finish entering the week came at The McGladrey Classic where he finished T32. Currently sitting at 14-under 202, it appears that Park is set up for a career-low finish which will put him on the map for gamers moving forward.
Jan 24 - 7:34 PM

Nick Watney stumbled to a 1-under-par 36-35=71 on PGA West's Palmer Private during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

Watney couldn't get things to gel today but still finds himself just three strokes off the lead entering Sunday. His most notable weakness was the flat stick today, as he dialed in from outside nine feet just once and walked off the course with -1.017 strokes gained:putting on the day. As poorly as his third round went, Watney and gamers still have to feel ecstatic about his 14-under 202 aggregate ahead of the finale.
Jan 24 - 7:26 PM

Francesco Molinari tackled PGA West's Nicklaus Private with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

The Italian took care of business today, offsetting one bogey with six birdies. He split 11 (of 14) fairways on the day and had no issues converting on that great positioning off the tee. Molinari enters Sunday at 14-under 202 and just three strokes off the leaders.
Jan 24 - 7:18 PM

Alex Cejka managed a 2-under-par 34-36=70 at PGA West's Palmer Private during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

Cejka went off the 10th tee today and started with a bang, holing out from 48 yards for eagle on the par-5 11th hole. He immediately gave those shots back with bogeys on the par-3 12th and par-4 13th. Cejka hasn't finished inside the top 10 on the PGA TOUR since the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship but he's in great position to do so at 14-under 202.
Jan 24 - 7:12 PM

Shawn Stefani torched PGA West's Nicklaus Private for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 in his third round of the Humana Challenge.

If not for an opening 75 at Palmer Private at PGA West, Stefani might be in the mix for his first PGA TOUR title this week. His 6-under 66 at La Quinta Country Club on Friday included a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole, his 12th of the round. Today, he piped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 17 greens in regulation en route to an eagle (at the par-5 16th) and seven birdies. The 63 goes in the books as his career low on TOUR; this is his 47th start. At 12-under 204, Stefani is in a 10-way tie for 24th place five strokes off the pace of the overnight quad-leaders.
Jan 24 - 7:11 PM

Matt Kuchar took a step back with a third round 1-under-par 34-37=71 at PGA West's Palmer Private.

It looked like it could have been a runaway victory for Kuchar after 14 holes but then he came into the clubhouse with bogeys on three of the last four. Water was the culprit today as he found the drink on the par-3 17th and then again on the par-5 18th hole. Kuchar now sits at 16-under 200, one shot back of the four-way tie at the top. Looking at the glass half-full, he now has the advantage of being the predator on Sunday rather the prey.
Jan 24 - 7:02 PM

Michael Putnam bends but doesn't break with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 at La Quinta Country Club to grab a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead at 17-under 199.

Putnam found just 12 greens in regulation on the day but minimized the damage to just one bogey. Three of his last four Humana rounds have now been signed for 67 or better. Given the logjam at the top, Putnam will need another sub-68 if he wants to contend for his first PGA TOUR title.
Jan 24 - 6:55 PM

Harrison Frazar posted 4-under-par 67-73-72=212 at the Humana Challenge and will miss the cut.

He pounced in Nicklaus Private at PGA West for an eagle and six birdies in the lid-lifter, but it wasn't enough of a foundation to support his two ensuing scores. Today's even-par loop around La Quinta Country Club featured four birdies, but he also built a snowman at the par-5 13th hole and added a bogey-5 at 18. He's now 1-for-3 on the season. Frazar is also now left with just seven starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $535,516 or 325.087 FedExCup points and retain status.
Jan 24 - 6:45 PM

Rory Sabbatini torched PGA West's Nicklaus Private to the tune of a bogey-free, 9-under-par 33-30=63 during his third round of the Humana Challenge to reach 14-under 202.

The South African was nearly flawless in relatively tough scoring conditions as the winds picked up today. He found 15 greens in regulation and optimized his conversions today. Six birdies on the back-nine alone will surely give Sabbatini confidence heading into this week's finale. He now has 46 straight holes without a bogey and will make a run at his seventh PGA TOUR title.
Jan 24 - 6:40 PM

Scott Pinckney authored a 3-under-par 35-34=69 at PGA West's Palmer Private in his third round of the Humana Challenge.

Pinckney remains steady at the Humana, regardless of the course. After 54 holes, he has just two bogeys on his card. The rookie got the putter going on a few occasions, most notably were the birdie rolls from 14'5" and 21'7" on the second and 12th holes. Pinckney will enter Sunday at 16-under 200 and a chance to secure his first PGA TOUR win.
Jan 24 - 6:31 PM


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