(La Quinta, CA, January 20, 2019) – In his first appearance of the new year, Phil Mickelson kicked off 2019 by shooting 12-under 60 at the Desert Classic presented by Workday. Lefty tied a career low for a single round, which he last shot six years ago at the Phoenix Open.
This was the most under par Phil has been in 2,077 rounds he has played on TOUR.
Phil was aware of how amazing the performance was, especially with the lack of recent competition. This was Phil’s first official TOUR event since the Safeway Open back in October.
“It was a kind of a lucky day for me in the sense that I did not feel sharp heading in,” Mickelson said. “I haven’t really had the intense practice sessions that I would like, but I felt like all parts were OK and it just clicked. Some days you have those days where it just clicked.”
Mickelson, a two-time winner in the desert, would follow his performance with rounds of 66 and 68, which earned him the second-lowest 54-hole score of his career. He started the final round with a two-shot lead, but had a tough day with the putter on Sunday and ultimately lost by one stroke on 18 to finish tied for second.
Despite the red hot start, Phil said he was rusty before the start of the tournament. His lack of recent competition may have contributed to struggles on Sunday.
“It’s a weird game how sometimes if you haven’t played for a while it just can click and come right back,” Mickelson said. “But usually you need a little bit of a foundation there coming down the stretch. When you get to feel the pressure, you need to have that foundation of practice and seeing the shots that you want to hit, seeing the ball go in on the greens. I didn’t really have that today.”