First-round score for Phil Mickelson, who flirted with 59 before settling for a 12-under round and a three-stroke lead Thursday in the PGA Tour’s Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif. Mickelson played La Quinta Country Club, one of three courses used this week. The 60 tied his career low, but it was the greatest number of strokes under par that he has shot in 2,077 career rounds on the PGA Tour. It was his first competitive round since he defeated Tiger Woods on Nov. 23 in a made-for-TV match-play event. Mickelson, 48, won two of his 43 career victories at the Desert Classic, in 2002 and 2004. Rookie Adam Long shot 63 on PGA West’s Tournament Course to hold second place (scores).
Scores posted by Americans Joe Durant and David Toms, who shared the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Durant, 54, has won three times in 108 career starts on the 50-and-older tour. Toms, 52, has won once in 44 starts on the tour. Both birdied the par-4 18th to get to 7 under in the winners-only event at Hualalai Golf Club in Kaupulehu, Hawaii (scores).
Number of days since Stacy Lewis had given birth to a daughter before posting a 5-under 66 in her first competitive round, one stroke off the pace in the LPGA’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Lewis, 33, whose 12 career victories include two major championships, sank an 80-foot birdie putt on the par-3 14th hole. She shared third place with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko. Canada’s Brooke Henderson and South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji set the pace with 65s at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando’s Tranquilo Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (scores).
Score through 36 holes for Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who added a second-round 2-under 70 to his opening 62 for the midway lead at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne posted matching 68s to share second place at 11-under 133 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates (scores). The Abu Dhabi stop is the first of eight $7 million-plus tournaments on the Rolex Series and the first of three straight weeks in the Middle East on the European Tour schedule.