Phil Mickelson fires career-best 60 in first round of Desert Classic

Phil Mickelson celebrates an eagle on the sixth hole during the first round of the Desert Classic

The five-times major champion needed birdies on his final two holes to become just the 11th player to record a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour but a par on 17 scuppered his chances.

It is one of three courses in use during the tournament, which includes the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West and La Quinta Country Club.

Straka finished his day tied for 90th at 4 under; Phil Mickelson is in 1st at 16 under; Curtis Luck is in 2nd at 14 under; and Steve Marino and Adam Hadwin are tied for 3rd at 13 under.

"Sometimes you have those days where it all clicks", he said.

"Bad shots that I hit, I got away with it". And I made a lot of birdies.

"It was a fun day but I certainly did not expect this to be the case, but I'm also excited to start the year so I was fresh".

"Usually when you play that well the first two rounds you're hitting the ball where you want and making some putts".

The round ties a career low and makes Mickelson the first golfer with three rounds of 60 in his PGA career.

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The tournament victor in 2002 and 2004, Mickelson will play the Nicklaus Course on Friday and PGA West's adjacent Stadium Course - also the site of the final round - on Saturday.

Mickelson, who has been a professional for 27 years, equaled his lowest career score with his 12-under round of 60 which included four birds in the first five holes. "I putted really good". "And I hit a good shot, I had 18 feet though", he said.

Playing in his first full US PGA season, Luck had three consecutive birdies on the front nine and eight for the day in a bogey-free 64 at the La Quinta course.

Adam Hadwin, who fired a 59 at La Quinta in the third round in 2017, picked up five shots over the last six holes at the Stadium Course, including a 60-yard hole-out for eagle at the 16th, as he soared to seven under along with Scotland's Martin Laird, who reeled off five consecutive birdies mid-round in his 65 at the Nicklaus Tournament course.

Henderson recovered from a shaky start which saw her bogey the second hole before a blistering back nine sent her surging up the scoreboard at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

He narrowly missed out on finishing 2018 as world No. 1 but reclaimed the ranking from Brooks Koepka last week after the American could only finish 24th at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Top-ranked Justin Rose was tied for 28th at 8 under after a 68 on the Nicklaus layout.

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