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Lefty finishes strong, holds 2-shot lead

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LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson birdied four of his last five holes Friday in the Desert Classic to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend in his first event of the year.

A day after matching his career-low score with 12-under 60 at La Quinta Country Club, the 48-year-old Mickelson had a 68 on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under.

"I struck the ball every bit as well, I just didn't putt anywhere close to as well as I did yesterday," said Mickelson, the tournament winner in 2002 and 2004.


Lowry extends Abu Dhabi lead to 3 shots

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Shane Lowry kept up his brilliant scoring on the par-3 holes at the Abu Dhabi Championship in shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round to extend his lead to three strokes on Friday.

For the third straight day, the Irishman made birdie on the each of the short Nos. 7, 12, and 15 holes to strengthen his bid for a first victory in 3 1/2 years. His last win was in 2015 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Read More...

Henderson goes up by 2 in LPGA opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Brooke Henderson of Canada kept out of trouble and kept bogeys off her card Friday on her way to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot lead in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, the winners-only start to the LPGA Tour season.

Henderson had the only bogey-free round at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons. Read More...

Local favorite leads Latin Amateur field

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Juan Cayro Delgado shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to give the Dominican Republic gallery something to cheer as he took a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the Latin American Amateur Championship.

Delgado is making his Latin American Amateur debut, though he has played the Teeth of the Dog course at Casa del Campo before, winning a youth title a few years ago. The 17-year-old plans to play at Central Florida next year. Read More...

Toms, Durant lead Champions' 2019 opener

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) David Toms and Joe Durant each shot 7-under 65 in windy conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

The 52-year-old Toms closed his bogey-free round with a 2-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. He won the U.S. Senior Open last year for his first Champions title after winning 13 times on the PGA Tour. Read More...

Woods to start his year at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO (AP) Tiger Woods is starting another year at Torrey Pines, this time with higher expectations.

Woods announced Wednesday that he will play in the Farmers Insurance Open next week. He has won the tournament seven times, and Torrey Pines is where he won the U.S. Open in 2008. Read More...

Dou wins Tour opener in Bahamas

GREAT EXUMAS, Bahamas (AP) Zecheng Dou birdied the final three holes Wednesday for a two-stroke victory in the Tour's season-opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.

Dou shot a 2-under 70, holing a 55-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th at Sandals Emerald Bay to finish at 18-under 270. Three strokes ahead entering the round, the 21-year-old Chinese player rallied after bogeying three of the first six holes on the back nine. Read More...

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