Humana  Challenge  Notebook: Gay shoots final-round 63, wins in playoff

By RANDY YOUNGMAN

On the strength of a final-round 63 at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Brian Gay came from six shots behind at the start of the day to pass third-round leader Scott Stallings and defeat Charles Howell III and Swedish rookie David Lingmerth in a sudden-death playoff to post his fourth victory on the PGA Tour. All three players finished the tournament at 25-under par. …

Stallings could have won the tournament with a birdie on the 72nd hole, but he hooked his second-shot 6-iron on the par-5 18th into the water left of the green en route to a bogey, leaving him one shot out of the playoff. …

Through the Humana, most PGA Tour victories by players currently under the age of 30: Dustin Johnson (7), Rory McIlroy (6), Webb Simpson (3), Anthony Kim (3) and Keegan Bradley (3). …

Stewart Cink tied for 10th at the Humana, his first top 10 since May 2011. …

Formula UCLA star Kevin Chappell flirted with a 59 in Sunday’s final round of the Humana before making a bogey on his final hole and settling for a 10-under 62. …

Former Masters champion Mike Weir made a triple-bogey on the 18th hole Saturday at the Humana to miss his 16th consecutive cut. …

Jason Kokrak, who shared the first-round lead at Humana, is the only PGA Tour player sponsored by Panera. Yes, he wears shirts with a Panera bread logo on them. How much bread did he take home after tying for eighth? $168,000. …

Quote of the Week in La Quinta, from James Hahn, on Humana ambassador Gary Player, who hit the ceremonial first tee shot: “In this game, you can play until you’re 60. I saw Gary out there, and he’s pushing 100, right?” No, Player is 77, and he still does 1,000 abdominal crunches every morning.

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