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

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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.