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Phil Mickelson goes low at the Desert Classic

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Phil Mickelson shot 60 Thursday at the opening round of the Desert Classic at PGA WEST in La Quinta, California. He went 12-under, including an Eagle at the Par-5 sixth, to take a three-shot lead. He tied his PGA Tour low of 60 shot twice at TPC Scottsdale.

Mickelson was playing on the Nicklaus Stadium course for his low round Thursday.

Mickelson is a man of many surprises, as always. Thursday was no different, even Phil admitted he didn’t expect it.

Here’s what Phil said after the round: “I really didn’t think that this was going to be a day that I was going to go low.”

“I came in with very low expectations, I haven’t had a lot of time to practice and prepare and I felt like all areas were okay, but you never really know until you get out and you play and compete. And I hit a shot here or there and ended up making a putt and all of a sudden I was quite a few under par. The good thing was I made a couple bad swings and I got away with them. This golf course, there’s out of bounds close by, it’s easy to make big mistakes and I was able to get away with the one or two poor swings. And then I putted phenomenal.”

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