PGA Tour

Desert Classic 2019

January 17-20

PGA West TPC Stadium Course, La Quinta, California

$5,900,000

January 17-20

PGA West TPC Stadium Course, La Quinta, California

$5,900,000

Round 1

Phil Mickelson fired his third career round of 60

January 17, 2019

Five-time major championship winner Phil Mickelson came close to a 59 in the opening round of the US PGA Tour's Desert Classic on Thursday, but had to settle for the third round of 60 in his storied career.

Mickelson rolled in 10 birdies and an eagle en route to a 12-under 60 to become the first player in PGA Tour history to post three scores of 60 or better.

His other rounds of 60 came at the par-71 Phoenix Open where he went on to win the both titles.

"It was kind of a lucky day for me in the sense that I did not feel sharp heading in," said Mickelson, who is in his 28th year on the PGA Tour.

"I haven't really had the intense practice sessions that I would like, but I felt that all parts were OK and it just clicked.

"Sometimes you have days where it just clicks. Bad shots that I hit, I got away with it. It was a fun day, but I certainly did not expect this to be the case."

The 48-year-old Mickelson took advantage of the easier La Quinta course to build a three-shot lead over second place Adam Long -- and record the lowest round in relation to par in his career.

Long fired a nine-under 63, while Australia's Curtis Luck is in third with a 64. Trey Mullinax, Adam Hadwin, Wyndham Clark and Martin Laird all shot 65 and are tied for fourth.

The only other players to shoot more than one round of 60 or better are Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson. Furyk owns the Tour record with a 58.

Canada's Hadwin shot a 59 on the La Quinta course two years ago.

"I was giving it all I had and I had a good chance," Mickelson said.

Mickelson sank birdies on his first two holes and then made the turn in six-under 30.

After the turn, Mickelson tallied five birdies in his next seven holes. He needed back-to-back birdies on his final two holes to shoot the elusive 59 but could only manage a par on the par-four 17th.

He closed with another birdie on the par-four 18 to record the 37th all-time round of 60 on the Tour. It was just his 21st putt of the round and he had just nine putts on the back nine.

Mickelson said he first started thinking about a 59 as he walked off the 16th green.

But his approach shot on 17, with a sand wedge, left him with a longer putt than he had hoped for.

"On 17 I hit a nice tee shot in a good spot to kind of hook a sand wedge into that back right pin for me. And I hit a good shot, I had 18 feet though," he said. "I should have hit that closer, but still had a good chance to make the putt."

World number one Justin Rose shot a four-under 68 on the more difficult Stadium Course. Rose is the first world number one to take part in the event.

"Once I got going I felt like I played really well," said Rose. "Birdieing my last three to get it to four under kind of made me feel good.

"I drove the ball fantastically well today and hit a lot of shots pin high with my irons."

Defending champion Jon Rahm is in a large group of 10 players at 66, six shots adrift of Mickelson.

The Desert Classic is a Pro-Am event, with players rotating among La Quinta, the Nicklaus Tournament Course and the Stadium Course over the first three rounds. Sunday’s final day is played at the Stadium Course.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Phil Mickelson
USA
-12
60
2
Adam Long
USA
-9
63
3
Curtis Luck
AUS
-8
64
T4
Martin Laird
SCO
-7
65
T4
Trey Mullinax
USA
-7
65
T4
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-7
65
T4
Wyndham Clark
USA
-7
65
T8
Steve Marino
USA
-6
66
T8
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-6
66
T8
Alex Cejka
GER
-6
66
T8
Adam Svensson
CAN
-6
66
T8
Sean O'Hair
USA
-6
66
T8
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
66
T8
Adam Schenk
USA
-6
66
T8
Robert Streb
USA
-6
66
T8
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-6
66
T8
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
66
T18
Daniel Berger
USA
-5
67
T18
Ryan Blaum
USA
-5
67
T18
Talor Gooch
USA
-5
67
T18
Tom Hoge
USA
-5
67
T18
Charles Howell III
USA
-5
67
T18
Alex Prugh
USA
-5
67
T18
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-5
67
T18
Chez Reavie
USA
-5
67
T18
Cameron Davis
AUS
-5
67
T18
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
67
T18
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-5
67
T18
Kramer Hickok
USA
-5
67
T18
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-5
67
T31
Josh Teater
USA
-4
68
T31
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
68
T31
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-4
68
T31
Sam Burns
USA
-4
68
T31
Jim Herman
USA
-4
68
T31
Denny McCarthy
USA
-4
68
T31
Joey Garber
USA
-4
68
T31
Aaron Wise
USA
-4
68
T31
J. T. Poston
USA
-4
68
T31
John Huh
USA
-4
68
T31
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-4
68
T31
Andrew Landry
USA
-4
68
T31
Harold Varner III
USA
-4
68
T31
Martin Piller
USA
-4
68
T31
Max Homa
USA
-4
68
T31
Michael Thompson
USA
-4
68
T31
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-4
68
T31
Wes Roach
USA
-4
68
T31
Nick Watney
USA
-4
68
T31
Lucas Glover
USA
-4
68
T31
Sam Saunders
USA
-4
68
T31
Anders Albertson
USA
-4
68
T53
Beau Hossler
USA
-3
69
T53
Chad Collins
USA
-3
69
T53
Robert Garrigus
USA
-3
69
T53
D. A. Points
USA
-3
69
T53
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
69
T53
Bud Cauley
USA
-3
69
T53
David Hearn
CAN
-3
69
T53
Ryan Armour
USA
-3
69
T53
Chesson Hadley
USA
-3
69
T53
Chris Stroud
USA
-3
69
T53
Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
69
T53
Johnson Wagner
USA
-3
69
T53
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-3
69
T53
Brendan Steele
USA
-3
69
T53
John Catlin
USA
-3
69
T53
J. J. Spaun
USA
-3
69
T53
Brady Schnell
USA
-3
69
T70
Harris English
USA
-2
70
T70
Cooper Musselman
USA
-2
70
T70
Jim Knous
USA
-2
70
T70
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
70
T70
Tom Lovelady
USA
-2
70
T70
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-2
70
T70
Hank Lebioda
USA
-2
70
T70
Roger Sloan
CAN
-2
70
T70
Scott Stallings
USA
-2
70
T70
Scott Langley
USA
-2
70
T70
James Hahn
USA
-2
70
T70
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-2
70
T70
Nick Taylor
CAN
-2
70
T70
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
70
T70
Peter Malnati
USA
-2
70
T70
Martin Trainer
USA
-2
70
T70
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
70
T70
Cody Gribble
USA
-2
70
T70
Cameron Tringale
USA
-2
70
T70
Kevin Streelman
USA
-2
70
T70
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
70
T91
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-1
71
T91
Zach Johnson
USA
-1
71
T91
Hudson Swafford
USA
-1
71
T91
Luke List
USA
-1
71
T91
Mike Weir
CAN
-1
71
T91
Chase Wright
USA
-1
71
T91
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
71
T91
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-1
71
T91
Julian Etulain
ARG
-1
71
T91
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-1
71
T91
Brandon Harkins
USA
-1
71
T91
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-1
71
T91
Matt Jones
AUS
-1
71
T91
Roberto Castro
USA
-1
71
T91
John Chin
USA
-1
71
T91
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-1
71
T91
Brian Gay
USA
-1
71
T91
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
71
T91
Peter Uihlein
USA
-1
71
T91
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-1
71
T91
Charley Hoffman
USA
-1
71
T91
John Senden
AUS
-1
71
T91
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-1
71
T114
Russell Henley
USA
Par
72
T114
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
Par
72
T114
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
Par
72
T114
Nate Lashley
USA
Par
72
T114
Sam Ryder
USA
Par
72
T114
Bill Haas
USA
Par
72
T114
Pat Perez
USA
Par
72
T114
Scott Brown
USA
Par
72
T114
Ben Crane
USA
Par
72
T114
Seth Reeves
USA
Par
72
T114
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
72
T114
Mark Wilson
USA
Par
72
T114
Patton Kizzire
USA
Par
72
T114
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
Par
72
T128
Russell Knox
SCO
1
73
T128
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
73
T128
D. J. Trahan
USA
1
73
T128
Fabian Gomez
ARG
1
73
T128
Brian Harman
USA
1
73
T128
J. J. Henry
USA
1
73
T128
Brandon Hagy
USA
1
73
T128
Derek Fathauer
USA
1
73
T128
Tyler Duncan
USA
1
73
T128
Richy Werenski
USA
1
73
T128
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
1
73
T128
Sepp Straka
AUT
1
73
T140
Jason Gore
USA
2
74
T140
Seamus Power
IRL
2
74
T140
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
74
T143
Rod Pampling
AUS
3
75
T143
Chris Thompson
USA
3
75
T143
Danny Willett
ENG
3
75
T143
Charles Reiter
USA
3
75
T143
Shawn Stefani
USA
3
75
T143
George Cunningham
USA
3
75
T149
Will MacKenzie
USA
4
76
T149
Hunter Mahan
USA
4
76
T149
Michael Block
USA
4
76
T149
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
4
76
T153
Grayson Murray
USA
5
77
T153
Kyle Jones
USA
5
77
155
Chris Kirk
USA
6
78
156
Jason Dufner
USA
7
79
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Phil Mickelson
USA
-12
60
2
Adam Long
USA
-9
63
3
Curtis Luck
AUS
-8
64
T4
Martin Laird
SCO
-7
65
T4
Trey Mullinax
USA
-7
65
T4
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-7
65
T4
Wyndham Clark
USA
-7
65
T8
Steve Marino
USA
-6
66
T8
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-6
66
T8
Alex Cejka
GER
-6
66
T8
Adam Svensson
CAN
-6
66
T8
Sean O'Hair
USA
-6
66
T8
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
66
T8
Adam Schenk
USA
-6
66
T8
Robert Streb
USA
-6
66
T8
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-6
66
T8
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
66
T18
Daniel Berger
USA
-5
67
T18
Ryan Blaum
USA
-5
67
T18
Talor Gooch
USA
-5
67
T18
Tom Hoge
USA
-5
67
T18
Charles Howell III
USA
-5
67
T18
Alex Prugh
USA
-5
67
T18
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-5
67
T18
Chez Reavie
USA
-5
67
T18
Cameron Davis
AUS
-5
67
T18
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
67
T18
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-5
67
T18
Kramer Hickok
USA
-5
67
T18
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-5
67
T31
Josh Teater
USA
-4
68
T31
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
68
T31
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-4
68
T31
Sam Burns
USA
-4
68
T31
Jim Herman
USA
-4
68
T31
Denny McCarthy
USA
-4
68
T31
Joey Garber
USA
-4
68
T31
Aaron Wise
USA
-4
68
T31
J. T. Poston
USA
-4
68
T31
John Huh
USA
-4
68
T31
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-4
68
T31
Andrew Landry
USA
-4
68
T31
Harold Varner III
USA
-4
68
T31
Martin Piller
USA
-4
68
T31
Max Homa
USA
-4
68
T31
Michael Thompson
USA
-4
68
T31
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-4
68
T31
Wes Roach
USA
-4
68
T31
Nick Watney
USA
-4
68
T31
Lucas Glover
USA
-4
68
T31
Sam Saunders
USA
-4
68
T31
Anders Albertson
USA
-4
68
T53
Beau Hossler
USA
-3
69
T53
Chad Collins
USA
-3
69
T53
Robert Garrigus
USA
-3
69
T53
D. A. Points
USA
-3
69
T53
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
69
T53
Bud Cauley
USA
-3
69
T53
David Hearn
CAN
-3
69
T53
Ryan Armour
USA
-3
69
T53
Chesson Hadley
USA
-3
69
T53
Chris Stroud
USA
-3
69
T53
Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
69
T53
Johnson Wagner
USA
-3
69
T53
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-3
69
T53
Brendan Steele
USA
-3
69
T53
John Catlin
USA
-3
69
T53
J. J. Spaun
USA
-3
69
T53
Brady Schnell
USA
-3
69
T70
Harris English
USA
-2
70
T70
Cooper Musselman
USA
-2
70
T70
Jim Knous
USA
-2
70
T70
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
70
T70
Tom Lovelady
USA
-2
70
T70
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-2
70
T70
Hank Lebioda
USA
-2
70
T70
Roger Sloan
CAN
-2
70
T70
Scott Stallings
USA
-2
70
T70
Scott Langley
USA
-2
70
T70
James Hahn
USA
-2
70
T70
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-2
70
T70
Nick Taylor
CAN
-2
70
T70
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
70
T70
Peter Malnati
USA
-2
70
T70
Martin Trainer
USA
-2
70
T70
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
70
T70
Cody Gribble
USA
-2
70
T70
Cameron Tringale
USA
-2
70
T70
Kevin Streelman
USA
-2
70
T70
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
70
T91
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-1
71
T91
Zach Johnson
USA
-1
71
T91
Hudson Swafford
USA
-1
71
T91
Luke List
USA
-1
71
T91
Mike Weir
CAN
-1
71
T91
Chase Wright
USA
-1
71
T91
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
71
T91
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-1
71
T91
Julian Etulain
ARG
-1
71
T91
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-1
71
T91
Brandon Harkins
USA
-1
71
T91
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-1
71
T91
Matt Jones
AUS
-1
71
T91
Roberto Castro
USA
-1
71
T91
John Chin
USA
-1
71
T91
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-1
71
T91
Brian Gay
USA
-1
71
T91
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
71
T91
Peter Uihlein
USA
-1
71
T91
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-1
71
T91
Charley Hoffman
USA
-1
71
T91
John Senden
AUS
-1
71
T91
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-1
71
T114
Russell Henley
USA
Par
72
T114
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
Par
72
T114
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
Par
72
T114
Nate Lashley
USA
Par
72
T114
Sam Ryder
USA
Par
72
T114
Bill Haas
USA
Par
72
T114
Pat Perez
USA
Par
72
T114
Scott Brown
USA
Par
72
T114
Ben Crane
USA
Par
72
T114
Seth Reeves
USA
Par
72
T114
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
72
T114
Mark Wilson
USA
Par
72
T114
Patton Kizzire
USA
Par
72
T114
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
Par
72
T128
Russell Knox
SCO
1
73
T128
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
73
T128
D. J. Trahan
USA
1
73
T128
Fabian Gomez
ARG
1
73
T128
Brian Harman
USA
1
73
T128
J. J. Henry
USA
1
73
T128
Brandon Hagy
USA
1
73
T128
Derek Fathauer
USA
1
73
T128
Tyler Duncan
USA
1
73
T128
Richy Werenski
USA
1
73
T128
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
1
73
T128
Sepp Straka
AUT
1
73
T140
Jason Gore
USA
2
74
T140
Seamus Power
IRL
2
74
T140
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
74
T143
Rod Pampling
AUS
3
75
T143
Chris Thompson
USA
3
75
T143
Danny Willett
ENG
3
75
T143
Charles Reiter
USA
3
75
T143
Shawn Stefani
USA
3
75
T143
George Cunningham
USA
3
75
T149
Will MacKenzie
USA
4
76
T149
Hunter Mahan
USA
4
76
T149
Michael Block
USA
4
76
T149
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
4
76
T153
Grayson Murray
USA
5
77
T153
Kyle Jones
USA
5
77
155
Chris Kirk
USA
6
78
156
Jason Dufner
USA
7
79