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Ryan Palmer misses chance for 59, settles for 61 and record streak in Humana Challenge

  • Ryan Palmer waves after a birdie on the eighth hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Ryan Palmer waves after a birdie on the eighth hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ryan Palmer reacts after missing an eagle putt the eighth hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Ryan Palmer reacts after missing an eagle putt the eighth hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ryan Palmer hits form the fairway on the eighth hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Ryan Palmer hits form the fairway on the eighth hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan Palmer missed a chance to shoot 59 or lower Friday in the Humana Challenge, settling for an 11-under 61 after playing a nine-hole stretch in 10 under.

After opening with two pars, Palmer had two eagles and seven birdies on the next nine holes for the longest eagle-birdie streak in PGA Tour history.

Needing to play the final eight holes in 3 under to shoot 59, he bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3. He birdied the fourth, sixth and eighth holes and closed with a par.

The Texan eagled the par-4 12th to start the streak on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course. He birdied the next three, eagled the par-5 16th and added three more birdies.

Palmer was at 12-under 132, leaving him three strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar.

Kuchar shot 64 on the Nicklaus course.