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Mickelson keeps 2-shot lead at La Quinta

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LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson has barely stopped smiling since he teed off Thursday 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 Saturday in a bogey-free 6-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 on Thursday and adding a 68 on Friday on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course.

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Lowry holds on to claim Abu Dhabi title

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Shane Lowry made birdie on the last hole to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Abu Dhabi Championship.

If only it were that simple. Read More...

Ko, Ji share lead in LPGA opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko could only think about the putts that didn't go in, perhaps because she was used to making so many.

Ko ran off four birdies on the front nine Saturday for a 30, and it was enough to carry her to a 5-under 66 and a share of the lead with Eun-Hee Ji going into the final round of the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on the LPGA Tour. Read More...

Lehman rallies to win Champions opener

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Tom Lehman rallied to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Saturday, taking advantage of David Toms' closing three-putt bogey.

The 59-year-old Lehman closed with his second straight 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Toms. 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...

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 Web.com Tour opener in Bahamas

GREAT EXUMAS, Bahamas (AP) Zecheng Dou birdied the final three holes Wednesday for a two-stroke victory in the Web.com 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...