Phil Mickelson began his 27th full season as a pro on Thursday by shooting a 12-under 60 in the Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif.
The 48-year-old tied his career-low score, and it was the most under par he has been in any of the 2,077 rounds he has played on the PGA Tour.
Needing to play the final two holes in 2 under to shoot 59 on a foggy, rainy day at La Quinta Country Club, Mickelson missed a 15-foot birdie try on the par-4 17th before holing a 9-footer for birdie on the par-4 18th.
The Desert Classic is the only PGA Tour event to yield two sub-60 rounds. David Duval had a 59 at PGA West's Palmer Course when he won in 1999. Adam Hadwin shot 59 at La Quinta in 2017.
Two more tours open seasons
In the first LPGA Tour event of the year, Stacy Lewis opened with seven birdies for a 5-under 66 that left her one shot behind Brooke Henderson and Eun-Hee Ji at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Lewis became a mother nearly three months ago and last played on tour six months ago.
Ariya Jutanugarn, coming off a year in which she claimed every major award, opened with a 67.
• David Toms and Joe Durant each shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.
Yankees add reliever
Reliever Adam Ottavino and the New York Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. Ottavino, a 33-year-old New Yorker, had a career-high 112 strikeouts in 77 ⅔ innings last year for the Colorado Rockies, going 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA in 75 relief appearances.
Tebow gets spring invite
The Mets announced that Tim Tebow will be invited to spring training. Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who is expected to begin the season at Class AAA Buffalo, is in his third professional baseball season.
Vonn back on slopes
Lindsey Vonn skied conservatively in the first World Cup downhill training session of her injury-delayed season on Thursday. Vonn, who injured her left knee in November, will return to competition in downhill races on Friday and Saturday on the Olympia delle Tofane course in Italy, followed by a super-G on Sunday.
Barcelona in limbo
Barcelona defeated Levante 3-0 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey in Spain, but its continued participation in the tournament is still under threat. The Catalan club could be disqualified for allegedly using a suspended player in the first leg.
Levante said it will make a formal complaint to the Spanish soccer federation on Friday, ahead of the draw for the quarterfinals.
AROUND THE HORN
NFL: Former first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a potential backup for starting quarterback Russell Wilson. Lynch did not play in the NFL in 2018 after being cut by the Denver Broncos in September.
Snowboarding: Max Parrot of Canada, who won a slopestyle silver medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and is a five-time X Games champion, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.