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Michael Putnam leads Humana Challenge at 63
Michael Putnam leads Humana Challenge at 63

Thursday was a typical opening day at the Humana Challenge. As usual, everybody gushed about the conditions in the desert. "Awesome weather, awesome golf courses," defending champion Patrick Reed said. His playing partner, Matt Kuchar, chimed in: "We got just a perfect day today, and the forecast is for more of the same." There was a leaderboard that included a few familiar names and some others who rise to the surface on the PGA Tour only occasionally. One of the latter was the leader, Michael Putnam, whose 63 was nine under par at the PGA West Nicklaus Private Course and led by one. The other two courses in use for this year's event — long a January...