After Scott Stallings relinquished a five-shot lead, Brian Gay, Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth embarked on a playoff to determine the winner of the 2013 Humana Challenge.
It took two playoff holes before Brian Gay sank a a five-foot putt to take home the victory after entering the playoff at 25-under. Check out the leaderboard, and then we'll recap an exciting final round.
Day 4 Leaderboard
|T2||Charles Howell III||-25|
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Entering the 18th in a four-way tie for first, Scott Stallings stared down his second shot on the par-five 18th and drilled it in the water.
Stallings had played flawlessly all tournament. In fact, he didn't card his first bogey of the tournament until the seventh hole on Sunday. He then bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18 as nerves appeared to be getting the better of him.
He ended up with a final-round 70, which typically would be enough to hold a five-stroke lead, but not on this Palmer Course in La Quinta, Calif., where red numbers were flying onto cards at a rapid rate.
Eventual winner Brian Gay is a great example. He shot a spectacular 63 in the final round.
Gay did not miss many shots on Sunday, and even when he did, he managed to make something good out of it.
Such was the case on No. 7 when he missed with his approach, but then holed out his chip for a birdie.
This was an impressive win for Gay, who notched his fourth-career tournament victory since turning pro in 1994.
As for runner-up Charles Howell III, he was close to tasting his third-career victory. He actually had a decent look at an eagle putt that would have won it on the first playoff hole, but couldn't quite get the job done.
It was still a promising showing for the veteran, of whom huge things were expected once upon a time. Maybe he is finally ready to start fulfilling that potential.
Howell is in a nice groove right now, and he was solid this whole tournament. He fired a 67, 65 and 67 to start this event. If he can keep his putter working like he did on No. 9 on Sunday, Howell will be a factor all year.
Meanwhile, the biggest name at this tournament, Phil Mickleson, was off the course long before things started getting interesting.
Lefty finished the tournament at 17-under and tied for 37th. He did get a nice groove going and fired a 66 in back-to-back rounds to wrap up this tournament.
He wasted no time attacking the course in his final round. Here he is sticking his approach close and drilling his birdie putt.
You always feel bad for someone when they blow a big lead like Stallings did. However, this was a great final day of golf, and Brian Gay deserved this victory with his sterling play in the clutch.
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