Phil Mickelson was on fire Thursday when he debuted in 2019 on the PGA Tour.
In the first round of the Desert Classic, Mickelson was on standby until the end of both holes. Despite the fact that he escaped the lowest round of his history on the circuit, the 12 players under 60 at Mickelson's LaQuinta Country Club were the lowest of his career and were the lowest in the ranking.
He has already shot 60 times twice, but not on a 72-degree course. His previous 60-rounds were both in the TPC Scottsdale's Phoenix Open Waste Management in 2013 and 2005 on a par-71. He then won both tournaments.
With several players still on the course, Mickelson entered the club with a lead of four strokes.
Mickelson 's previous lowest score in his first round of the year was also recorded at the Desert Classic. He won the tournament in 2002 after starting with a 64.
Lefty started her round with birdies back to back on both opening holes. He then shot a 6-under 30 in the first quarter, adding two more birdies and an eagle to the sixth hole of normal 5, or 527 yards.
Mickelson stayed warm in the back, scoring four of the first five holes. After missing the green in the 15th match-3, he managed to sneak into the rough to save the normal match and keep a under-60 heat. He made a birdie at No. 16, but missed a No. 17 putt to preserve the historic course.
The last player to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour tournament was Brandt Snedeker in the first round of the Wyndham Championship last year. Justin Thomas (-11 at the Sony Open) and Adam Hadwin (-13 at the CareerBuilder Challenge) both accomplished the feat in 2017.
With the torrid round of Thursday, he is the first player in the history of the Tour to record three career scores out of 60.