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 3

Mickelson holds on to 2-shots lead

January 19, 2019

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson fired six birdies in a six-under par 66 on Saturday to maintain his two-shot lead in the US PGA Tour Desert Classic.

The 48-year-old American heads into Sunday's final round chasing a 44th US PGA Tour title and his third in this event in the California desert east of Los Angeles.

His 22-under par total of 194 put him two strokes clear of Canadian Adam Hadwin, who fired a bogey-free seven-under par 65 for 196.

Mickelson -- who launched his week with a sparkling 60 on the La Quinta course, one of three in use this week -- kept his foot on the accelerator on the tougher Stadium course on Saturday, where a chip-in at the sixth hole launched a string of three straight birdies.

"Every now and then you just need that putt, chip, something to fall and give you a little momentum," Mickelson said.

He was one stroke behind Hadwin's clubhouse lead when he rolled in a 34-footer for birdie at the 13th and regained the lead when he drained an 11-footer at the 14th.

A brilliant shot from a greenside bunker at the par-five 16th gave him another birdie look but Mickelson was unable to capitalize.

But he picked up another stroke with a 36-foot birdie putt at the par-three 17th before capping his round with a par.

"I gave myself a lot of chances," Mickelson said. "I missed a few short putts that I've been making for a while, but I also made a couple of long ones."

Hadwin fired his 65 on the Nicklaus course.

The Canadian is no stranger to strong performances in the Desert. He fired a 59 in the third round on the La Quinta layout on the way to a runner-up finish in 2017, and finished tied for third last year.

Hadwin, seeking a second US PGA Tour title to go with his 2017 Valspar Championship crown, said his bogey-free day, which saw him hit 12 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation, was "as stress-free as possible".

"A couple putts went in on the back nine and here I am having a chance again on Sunday," he said.

One-under through his first six holes, he birdied half of the remaining 14.

"I was playing one of the easier golf courses, so I knew I had to keep the pedal down," Hadwin said. "And, again, it was kind of a slow-ish start, but I've done that the first three rounds now and then just kind of caught fire midway."

Hadwin was one stroke in front of American Adam Long, who had two eagles in a nine-under par 63 at La Quinta. American Steve Marino was a further stroke back on 198 after a 67 on the Nicklaus Tournament course.

Mickelson said he'd stay aggressive when they return to the Stadium course on Sunday.

"It's a course you don't have to be perfect on," he said. "You have to hit a lot of good shots in certain spots. But if you miss it properly you can still play this course.

"I can come out and play aggressive and that's how I like to play."

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Phil Mickelson
USA
-22
60
68
66
194
2
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-20
65
66
65
196
3
Adam Long
USA
-19
63
71
63
197
4
Steve Marino
USA
-18
66
65
67
198
T5
Michael Thompson
USA
-17
68
66
65
199
T5
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-17
67
66
66
199
T7
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-16
67
69
64
200
T7
Jon Rahm
ESP
-16
66
66
68
200
T7
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-16
71
65
64
200
T7
Talor Gooch
USA
-16
67
67
66
200
T7
J. T. Poston
USA
-16
68
68
64
200
T12
Scott Langley
USA
-15
70
65
66
201
T12
Joey Garber
USA
-15
68
64
69
201
T12
Sean O'Hair
USA
-15
66
67
68
201
T15
Jason Kokrak
USA
-14
71
65
66
202
T15
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-14
72
62
68
202
T15
Sam Burns
USA
-14
68
66
68
202
T15
Alex Cejka
GER
-14
66
68
68
202
T19
Harold Varner III
USA
-13
68
67
68
203
T19
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-13
68
66
69
203
T19
Nick Taylor
CAN
-13
70
66
67
203
T19
Peter Malnati
USA
-13
70
65
68
203
T19
Daniel Berger
USA
-13
67
67
69
203
T19
Russell Knox
SCO
-13
73
66
64
203
T19
Zach Johnson
USA
-13
71
68
64
203
T19
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-13
72
67
64
203
T19
Trey Mullinax
USA
-13
65
71
67
203
T19
Adam Svensson
CAN
-13
66
68
69
203
T29
Robert Streb
USA
-12
66
70
68
204
T29
Wyndham Clark
USA
-12
65
67
72
204
T29
J. J. Spaun
USA
-12
69
67
68
204
T29
Kevin Streelman
USA
-12
70
66
68
204
T29
Lucas Glover
USA
-12
68
68
68
204
T29
Chez Reavie
USA
-12
67
68
69
204
T29
Cameron Davis
AUS
-12
67
70
67
204
T29
Josh Teater
USA
-12
68
69
67
204
T29
Justin Rose
ENG
-12
68
68
68
204
T29
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-12
68
70
66
204
T29
Sam Ryder
USA
-12
72
66
66
204
T29
Andrew Landry
USA
-12
68
67
69
204
T29
Charles Howell III
USA
-12
67
69
68
204
T42
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-11
71
68
66
205
T42
Brendan Steele
USA
-11
69
69
67
205
T42
Tyler Duncan
USA
-11
73
66
66
205
T42
Cody Gribble
USA
-11
70
67
68
205
T46
Abraham Ancer
USA
-10
66
67
73
206
T46
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-10
66
70
70
206
T46
Nick Watney
USA
-10
68
70
68
206
T46
Brian Stuard
USA
-10
70
68
68
206
T46
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-10
67
70
69
206
T46
Kevin Kisner
USA
-10
69
68
69
206
T46
Curtis Luck
AUS
-10
64
66
76
206
T46
Nate Lashley
USA
-10
72
68
66
206
T46
Andrew Putnam
USA
-10
70
69
67
206
T46
Adam Schenk
USA
-10
66
71
69
206
T46
Julian Etulain
ARG
-10
71
66
69
206
T46
Roger Sloan
CAN
-10
70
68
68
206
T58
Roberto Castro
USA
-9
71
67
69
207
T58
James Hahn
USA
-9
70
70
67
207
T58
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-9
71
68
68
207
T58
Anders Albertson
USA
-9
68
69
70
207
T58
John Catlin
USA
-9
69
69
69
207
T58
Cameron Tringale
USA
-9
70
71
66
207
T58
Scott Piercy
USA
-9
72
65
70
207
T58
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-9
70
70
67
207
T58
Kramer Hickok
USA
-9
67
72
68
207
T58
Chad Collins
USA
-9
69
70
68
207
T58
Harris English
USA
-9
70
70
67
207
T58
Ryan Blaum
USA
-9
67
73
67
207
T58
Hudson Swafford
USA
-9
71
71
65
207
T58
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-9
66
73
68
207
T58
John Huh
USA
-9
68
72
67
207
T58
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-9
71
68
68
207
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
-8
68
70
70
208
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-8
70
65
73
208
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-8
68
68
72
208
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
-8
73
68
67
208
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
-8
71
70
67
208
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
-8
69
68
71
208
CUT
Charles Reiter
USA
-8
75
70
63
208
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
-8
73
69
66
208
CUT
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-8
73
68
67
208
CUT
Hank Lebioda
USA
-8
70
70
68
208
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
-8
68
67
73
208
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
-8
69
67
72
208
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-8
71
70
67
208
CUT
Robert Garrigus
USA
-8
69
69
70
208
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-8
73
66
69
208
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
-7
71
67
71
209
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
-7
69
69
71
209
CUT
Luke List
USA
-7
71
71
67
209
CUT
Martin Laird
SCO
-7
65
75
69
209
CUT
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-7
67
72
70
209
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
-7
69
68
72
209
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
-7
70
66
73
209
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
-7
67
69
73
209
CUT
Wes Roach
USA
-7
68
71
70
209
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
-6
71
70
69
210
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
-6
68
70
72
210
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
-6
71
70
69
210
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
-6
71
65
74
210
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
-6
72
67
71
210
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
-6
75
69
66
210
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-6
72
69
69
210
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
-5
67
73
71
211
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
-5
69
73
69
211
CUT
Ben Crane
USA
-5
72
70
69
211
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-5
70
71
70
211
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
-5
69
71
71
211
CUT
Jim Knous
USA
-5
70
74
67
211
CUT
Mark Wilson
USA
-5
72
69
70
211
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
-5
70
67
74
211
CUT
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
73
71
67
211
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
-5
68
66
77
211
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
-4
71
72
69
212
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-4
74
68
70
212
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
-4
71
69
72
212
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
-4
76
68
68
212
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-4
69
72
71
212
CUT
John Senden
AUS
-4
71
71
70
212
CUT
Martin Piller
USA
-4
68
74
70
212
CUT
Max Homa
USA
-4
68
75
69
212
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-4
71
68
73
212
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
-3
72
73
68
213
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
-3
69
70
74
213
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
-3
69
72
72
213
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
-3
69
74
70
213
CUT
Derek Fathauer
USA
-3
73
72
68
213
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
-3
75
70
68
213
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
69
72
72
213
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-3
70
71
72
213
CUT
Will MacKenzie
USA
-3
76
69
68
213
CUT
George Cunningham
USA
-2
75
68
71
214
CUT
John Chin
USA
-2
71
66
77
214
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-2
76
69
69
214
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
-2
72
71
71
214
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
-2
72
70
72
214
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
-2
73
67
74
214
CUT
Jason Gore
USA
-1
74
70
71
215
CUT
Mike Weir
CAN
-1
71
70
74
215
CUT
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-1
73
73
69
215
CUT
Tom Lovelady
USA
-1
70
69
76
215
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
Par
73
73
70
216
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
Par
73
73
70
216
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
1
78
70
69
217
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
1
75
68
74
217
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
1
72
76
69
217
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
2
75
71
72
218
CUT
Cooper Musselman
USA
2
70
74
74
218
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
2
74
73
71
218
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
3
79
72
68
219
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
3
77
70
72
219
CUT
Michael Block
USA
5
76
70
75
221
CUT
Grayson Murray
USA
11
77
77
73
227
RET
Jamie Lovemark
USA
Par
71
72
-
143
RET
Pat Perez
USA
Par
72
68
-
140
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R3
Total
1
Phil Mickelson
USA
-22
66
194
2
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-20
65
196
3
Adam Long
USA
-19
63
197
4
Steve Marino
USA
-18
67
198
T5
Michael Thompson
USA
-17
65
199
T5
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-17
66
199
T7
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-16
64
200
T7
Jon Rahm
ESP
-16
68
200
T7
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-16
64
200
T7
Talor Gooch
USA
-16
66
200
T7
J. T. Poston
USA
-16
64
200
T12
Scott Langley
USA
-15
66
201
T12
Joey Garber
USA
-15
69
201
T12
Sean O'Hair
USA
-15
68
201
T15
Jason Kokrak
USA
-14
66
202
T15
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-14
68
202
T15
Sam Burns
USA
-14
68
202
T15
Alex Cejka
GER
-14
68
202
T19
Harold Varner III
USA
-13
68
203
T19
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-13
69
203
T19
Nick Taylor
CAN
-13
67
203
T19
Peter Malnati
USA
-13
68
203
T19
Daniel Berger
USA
-13
69
203
T19
Russell Knox
SCO
-13
64
203
T19
Zach Johnson
USA
-13
64
203
T19
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-13
64
203
T19
Trey Mullinax
USA
-13
67
203
T19
Adam Svensson
CAN
-13
69
203
T29
Robert Streb
USA
-12
68
204
T29
Wyndham Clark
USA
-12
72
204
T29
J. J. Spaun
USA
-12
68
204
T29
Kevin Streelman
USA
-12
68
204
T29
Lucas Glover
USA
-12
68
204
T29
Chez Reavie
USA
-12
69
204
T29
Cameron Davis
AUS
-12
67
204
T29
Josh Teater
USA
-12
67
204
T29
Justin Rose
ENG
-12
68
204
T29
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-12
66
204
T29
Sam Ryder
USA
-12
66
204
T29
Andrew Landry
USA
-12
69
204
T29
Charles Howell III
USA
-12
68
204
T42
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-11
66
205
T42
Brendan Steele
USA
-11
67
205
T42
Tyler Duncan
USA
-11
66
205
T42
Cody Gribble
USA
-11
68
205
T46
Abraham Ancer
USA
-10
73
206
T46
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-10
70
206
T46
Nick Watney
USA
-10
68
206
T46
Brian Stuard
USA
-10
68
206
T46
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-10
69
206
T46
Kevin Kisner
USA
-10
69
206
T46
Curtis Luck
AUS
-10
76
206
T46
Nate Lashley
USA
-10
66
206
T46
Andrew Putnam
USA
-10
67
206
T46
Adam Schenk
USA
-10
69
206
T46
Julian Etulain
ARG
-10
69
206
T46
Roger Sloan
CAN
-10
68
206
T58
Roberto Castro
USA
-9
69
207
T58
James Hahn
USA
-9
67
207
T58
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-9
68
207
T58
Anders Albertson
USA
-9
70
207
T58
John Catlin
USA
-9
69
207
T58
Cameron Tringale
USA
-9
66
207
T58
Scott Piercy
USA
-9
70
207
T58
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-9
67
207
T58
Kramer Hickok
USA
-9
68
207
T58
Chad Collins
USA
-9
68
207
T58
Harris English
USA
-9
67
207
T58
Ryan Blaum
USA
-9
67
207
T58
Hudson Swafford
USA
-9
65
207
T58
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-9
68
207
T58
John Huh
USA
-9
67
207
T58
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-9
68
207
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
-8
70
208
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-8
73
208
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-8
72
208
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
-8
67
208
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
-8
67
208
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
-8
71
208
CUT
Charles Reiter
USA
-8
63
208
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
-8
66
208
CUT
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-8
67
208
CUT
Hank Lebioda
USA
-8
68
208
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
-8
73
208
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
-8
72
208
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-8
67
208
CUT
Robert Garrigus
USA
-8
70
208
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-8
69
208
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
-7
71
209
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
-7
71
209
CUT
Luke List
USA
-7
67
209
CUT
Martin Laird
SCO
-7
69
209
CUT
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-7
70
209
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
-7
72
209
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
-7
73
209
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
-7
73
209
CUT
Wes Roach
USA
-7
70
209
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
-6
69
210
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
-6
72
210
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
-6
69
210
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
-6
74
210
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
-6
71
210
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
-6
66
210
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-6
69
210
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
-5
71
211
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
-5
69
211
CUT
Ben Crane
USA
-5
69
211
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-5
70
211
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
-5
71
211
CUT
Jim Knous
USA
-5
67
211
CUT
Mark Wilson
USA
-5
70
211
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
-5
74
211
CUT
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
67
211
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
-5
77
211
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
-4
69
212
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-4
70
212
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
-4
72
212
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
-4
68
212
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-4
71
212
CUT
John Senden
AUS
-4
70
212
CUT
Martin Piller
USA
-4
70
212
CUT
Max Homa
USA
-4
69
212
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-4
73
212
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
-3
68
213
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
-3
74
213
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
-3
72
213
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
-3
70
213
CUT
Derek Fathauer
USA
-3
68
213
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
-3
68
213
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
-3
72
213
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-3
72
213
CUT
Will MacKenzie
USA
-3
68
213
CUT
George Cunningham
USA
-2
71
214
CUT
John Chin
USA
-2
77
214
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-2
69
214
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
-2
71
214
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
-2
72
214
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
-2
74
214
CUT
Jason Gore
USA
-1
71
215
CUT
Mike Weir
CAN
-1
74
215
CUT
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-1
69
215
CUT
Tom Lovelady
USA
-1
76
215
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
Par
70
216
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
Par
70
216
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
1
69
217
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
1
74
217
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
1
69
217
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
2
72
218
CUT
Cooper Musselman
USA
2
74
218
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
2
71
218
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
3
68
219
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
3
72
219
CUT
Michael Block
USA
5
75
221
CUT
Grayson Murray
USA
11
73
227
RET
Jamie Lovemark
USA
Par
-
143
RET
Pat Perez
USA
Par
-
140