Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam share the lead after three rounds of the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam share the lead after three rounds of the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Compton fired a third round of 67 on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course to join the leaders. The two-time heart transplant recipient birdied three of this last five holes to post a 54-hole total of 199.

“I had a couple of loose drives, but I did well to salvage the round,” he said. “Tomorrow’s a new day.”

Bill Haas scored 69 on the same course as Compton. The 2010 Humana Challenge champion is playing his first tournament since returning from a wrist injury.

“Something to build on,” he said. “But at the back of my mind I know I’m not quite 100%.”

Justin Thomas is continuing the good form he showed in Hawaii. The 21-year-old birdied two of his last three holes on the Palmer Course for a 69. Round one leader Michael Putnam also scored 69, his came at La Quinta.

Matt Kuchar had been two shots ahead after a birdie at the 14th hole. But three bogeys in his last four holes, over the Palmer Course, dropped him back into a tie for fifth place, one behind the leaders.

“It’s too bad, but it’s what happened,” he said. “I still got one more day to make some birdies and try and still put this thing out.”

Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
La Quinta, California
Jan 22-25
Purse: $5,700,000

T1    Erik Compton (USA)        66    66    67    199
T1    Bill Haas (USA)            67    63    69    199
T1    Justin Thomas (USA)        68    63    69    199
T1    Michael Putnam (USA)        63    67    69    199
T5    Ryan Palmer (USA)        71    61    68    200
T5    Scott Pinckney (USA)        64    67    69    200
T5    Steve Wheatcroft (USA)    65    67    68    200
T5    Matt Kuchar (USA)        65    64    71    200

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage