2012 was called the year of the comeback on the PGA Tour because no lead seemed safe at any tournament. The field of the Humana Challenge had better hope that trend continues Sunday.
Scott Stallings, looking for his third win on tour in three season, fired a strong 63 on the Nicklaus Private Course today to move to 22 under for the week. That gives Stallings a five-shot lead over five players, including some good players like Stewart Cink and Charley Hoffman.
The chasers are all saying the right thing about heading into the final round of the week. Someone could get really hot. Stalling could make a bogey early. Five shots is not impossible to overcome.
But the truth is consider Stallings is playing the same course tomorrow as everyone, the Palmer Course at PGA West. And if Stallings shoot just a 69, kind of an average round at the course, someone will have to shoot a 64 just to tie Stallings.
The largest comeback in the tournament was seven shots in 1999 by David Duval. But Duval had to shoot a 59 to get that win. Assuming no 59s tomorrow, Stallings is going to have to help the field out or Sunday could be a victory walk around the Palmer Course.