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    Phil Mickelson maintains two-shot lead in Desert Classic

    LA QUINTA (AP) — Phil Mickelson has barely stopped smiling since he teed off lastThursday morning in the Desert Classic.

    “It’s so fun,” Mickelson said. “I just love being in contention, having a chance to win, being in the final group, feeling the nerves, feeling that excitement, the opportunity. It’s just, it’s really fun.”

    The 48-year-old Mickelson made three long birdie putts on the back nine last Saturday in a bogey-free six-under 66 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. He topped the leaderboard for the third straight day after matching his career-low score with an opening 60 at La Quinta Country Club last Thursday and adding a 68 last Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course.

    Mickelson is making his first tour start since early October and first competitive appearance since beating Tiger Woods in Las Vegas in November in a made-for-TV event. The Hall of Famer won the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship last year for his 43rd PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 British Open.

    “You never know in this game how things are going to click,” Mickelson said. “I’m certainly surprised that it has clicked. I didn’t really have the number of days in preparation that I would have liked heading in. But again I was mentally sharp and fresh and ready to go and it seems to be paying off.”

    Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the third hole. – AP

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