Phil Mickelson makes PGA history at Desert Classic

Phil Mickelson

He might have come up one short in his bid to join the growing ranks of players to have broken 59 on the PGA Tour but Phil Mickelson’s 60 in the opening round of the Desert Classic was record-breaking nonetheless.

The 48-year-old needed to eagle the last at La Quinta to join the ranks of the tour’s sub-60 group. However, he could ‘only’ manage a birdie to post a 12-under 60 and take a three-shot lead after the opening round of his first event of 2019.

In doing so, he became the first player in the history of the PGA Tour with three rounds of 60 or lower. In each of the previous instances, he went on to win the tournament.

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The 12-under round was also the Mickelson’s best-ever score to par in 2,077 career rounds on the tour.

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Remarkably, the left-hander said afterwards that he had gone into the event feeling rusty after a long lay-off.

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Yesterday’s round was his first appearance since his much-vaunted ‘Match’ with Tiger Woods at the end of November.

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“I didn't think this was going to be a day I would go low," said Mickelson. "I came with low expectations. Sometimes you have days where it clicks and the bad shots I hit I got away with."

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