Tour Tracker: Mickelson leads in Phoenix

Phil Mickelson tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a week overshadowed by Vijay Singh's admittance of taking a banned substance, Phil Mickelson took command of the headlines Thursday at TPC Scottsdale.

Mickelson fired a tournament-record, 11-under 60 and just missed shooting 59 after his birdie putt at No. 9, his final hole, lipped out. He holds a four-shot lead over Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker and Padraig Harrington after the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"The last 6 feet it was right on glide slope," Mickelson said. "It should've been right in the middle. The thing is I'm ecstatic to shoot 60, I'm excited and so forth. But you don't get chances to shoot 59 very often and to have that putt on-line, I'm kind of mortified that that didn't go in because you just don't get those chances very often. I couldn't of envisioned what side of the hole it would've missed on when it was a foot out. It looked like it was right in the middle and it didn't go in. But I hit a ton of putts today, I hit a lot of great shots and I drive it very well."

It was the second time Mickelson has shot 60 in this event, becoming the first player in PGA Tour history to have multiple rounds of 60 or better in tournament action on the same course. Mickelson made 11 birdies, including one on each of the four par 3s, and no bogeys.

It was a memorable day for Lefty. See how it all unfolded with our Tracker:

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Update No. 26: 8:20 p.m. EST

43 players are at even-par 71 or worse at TPC Scottsdale. Pretty good scoring conditions out there today, but play has been suspended for the day.

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Update No. 25: 7:52 p.m. EST

Scott Verplank is 6 under through 15 with four birdies and an eagle on the scorecard. Verplank only played in nine events in the 2012 season, and made two cuts. He played in the Humana Challenge a few weeks back, but missed the cut.

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Update No. 24: 6:32 p.m. EST

Kyle Stanley, the defending champion, is 1 over through 11 holes. Stanley has had a busy 2013 season, playing in the first four events of the season – Phoenix is his fifth straight. He's missed the cut in two events leading up to this week and also finished last (30th) at the Hyundai and T-67 at Sony.

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Update No. 23: 6:07 p.m. EST

Jeff Maggert finished T-26 at this event last year and is 6 under through 13 holes today. Maggert currently has the best round of the afternoon groups, but is still five shots back of Phil Mickelson, who shot 60.

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Update No. 22: 5:38 p.m. EST

Not that anyone expected the afternoon wave to challenge the low scores posted in the morning, most notably Phil Mickelson's 60. But no one currently on the course is better than 3 under right now. Among those from the afternoon groups at 3 under are Jeff Maggert, Martin Flores, John mallinger, Roberto Castro, Martin Laird and Nick Watney.

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Update No. 21: 4:40 p.m. EST

A bit of "Did You Know?" . . . Phil Mickelson is the only player in PGA Tour history to have multiple rounds of 60 or better in tournament action on the same course.

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Update No. 20: 4:33 p.m. EST

Mike Weir made his first cut since July of 2011 last week at Torrey Pines and started this week with a 2-under 69 is is currently T-35.

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Update No. 19: 4:23 p.m. EST

On a day that where 11 players shot 65 or better, there are three rounds that finished over par. Geoff Ogilvy shot a 3-over 74, while Davis Love III and John Huh both had 1-over 72s.

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Update No. 18: 4:15 p.m. EST

Ted Potter Jr. has joined a four-way tie at 7 under behind eight birdies and a single bogey. Potter won for the first time on the PGA Tour in 2012. Check out Sean Martin's in-depth look at Potter here.

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Update No. 17, 3:45 p.m. EST

Here's what Phil Mickelson had to say about just missing a birdie putt on his final hole that would have given him a 59:

"The last 6 feet it was right on glide slope. it should've been right in the middle. The thing is I'm ecstatic to shoot 60, I'm excited and so forth. But you don't get chances to shoot 59 very often and to have that putt on-line, I'm kind of mortified that that didn't go in because you just don't get those chances very often. I couldn't of envisioned what side of the hole it would've missed on when it was a foot out. It looked like it was right in the middle and it didn't go in. But I hit a ton of putts today, I hit a lot of great shots and I drive it very well."

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Update No. 16, 3:33 p.m. EST

Phil came about as close as you can come to a 59. Lefty's bid at breaking 60 ended on a cruel lip-out on the ninth green. Mickelson put a great line on his 25 footer, but the putt caught the right edge and lipped out about 220 degrees. Phil finishes with an 11-under 60 and currently has a four-shot lead over Bill Haas, Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker and Padraig Harrington. Phil ties the course record of 60 and also ties his career-low.

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Update No. 15, 3:28 p.m. EST

So Phil's bid for 59 will come down to a 25 footer for birdie at No. 9. He's been locked-in, though, with the putter today.

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Update No. 14, 3:22 p.m. EST

After leaving that birdie putt short at No. 8, Phil crushes his final drive of the day right down the center of the fairway at No. 9.

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Update No. 13, 3:14 p.m. EST

Phil gets a good look at the line from both Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler. But despite putting a great line on his 18 footer, Phil leaves it just short. He'll move to the par-4 ninth at 11 under, needing a birdie to shoot 59.

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Update No. 12, 3:13 p.m. EST

Phil played the par 4s in 1 over at last year's Phoenix Open. His approach at the par-4 eighth ends up about 18 feet from the hole.

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Update No. 11, 3:10 p.m. EST

Phil moves to No. 8 needing just one more birdie to shoot 59. Only four players so far today have birdied the hole. Lefty's drive is bombed down the fairway.

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Update No. 10, 3:04 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson drains his 8 footer for birdie at No. 7 to move to 11 under. He needs one more birdie for 59. His previous low round of the season so far is 66.

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Update No. 9, 2:58 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just stuck his tee shot to about 8 feet at the par-3 seventh. He's 10 under right now and needing two birdies in his last three holes to shoot 59.

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Update No. 8, 2:55 p.m. EST

He's slowing down just a bit with a second straight par at the par-4 sixth, meaning Phil Mickelson has just three holes to make two more birdies to get to 59.

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Update No. 7, 2:42 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson made par at No. 5, so he'll need to birdie half of his remaining four holes to shoot 59 at the par-71 TPC Scottsdale. When Lefty has shot 29 or better for nine holes, he's won five times.

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Update No. 6, 2:29 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just birdied the par-3 fourth to move to 10 under through 13 holes. He needs to birdie two of his final five holes to shoot 59. Mickelson's lowest round at TPC Scottsdale is 60 (29-31 in 2005).

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Update No. 5, 2:16 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson made just his third par of the round at No. 2. That's because he's made nine birdies, including most recently at No. 3. Lefty is 9 under through 12 holes and 59 – or fewer – is looking like a possibility.

Also putting together a nice round is Ryan Palmer, who i 7 under through 16 holes. He's in solo second, one shot ahead of the Belgian Bomber, Nicolas Colsaerts. A lot of notable names are near the top of the leaderboard so far on Thursday: Hunter Mahan at 4 under; Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker at 3 under; and Rickie Fowler and Bo Van Pelt at 2 under.

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Update No. 4, 1:41 p.m. EST

The birdies just keep coming for Phil, who is now 8 under through 10 holes. Lefty has sandwiched two pars with four birdies on each side. He birdied his first four holes (Nos. 10-13) and has birdied his last four holes (Nos. 16-18 and 1). It's safe to say we're officially on 59 watch. Stuart Appleby, who shot 59 in the final round to win the 2010 Greenbrier Classic, posted the most recent sub-60 score on Tour.

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Update No. 3, 1:30 p.m. EST

Through nine holes, Phil Mickelson is 7 under. That's seven birdies in nine holes for the current leader, who made the turn with a 29 on the back nine. He'll now get the par-35 front nine as he attempts to best the course record of 12-under 59, which was set in Wednesday's pro-am by Bo Van Pelt.

Lefty leads Ryan Palmer by a shot. Palmer, who is 6 under through 13 holes, was T-55 here last year after missing the cut in 2011. he was T-14 in 2010.

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Update No. 2, 1:11 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson has now taken sole possession of the lead at 6 under. After a birdie on the famous – and raucous – par-3 16th, Lefty birdied the par-4 17th. Bo Van Pelt set the course record with a 12-under 59 in Wednesday's pro-am. Mickelson is on good pace to challenge that mark with six birdies already and 10 holes to play, including the par-5 third.

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Update No. 1, 12:58 p.m. EST

A frost delay pushed back today's tee times about an hour, but we have now been underway for a good two-and-a half hours. And the highlight so far is Phil Mickelson's strong start.

Lefty is 5 under through seven holes so far today. He birdied his first four holes of the round (Nos. 10-13) and is T-1 with Gary Woodland and Ryan Palmer.

Mickelson was T-26 at this tournament last season, T-29 in 2011 and T-24 in 2010.

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Round 1 coverage

SINGH WITHDRAWS: Vijay Singh withdraws from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a day after saying he used deer-antler spray. Story.

MR. 59: Bo Van Pelt fired a course-record 59 in Wednesday's pro-am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it won't go down in the record books because it was in the pro-am. Story.

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Pre-tournament coverage

• READY TO GET ROWDY? It's almost here: "The Greatest Show on Grass." Last year a record 173,210 spectators packed TPC Scottsdale on Saturday for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here are 5 Things to expect this week . . . Story.

'SHOCKED:' Vijay Singh expressed shock and anger when it was disclosed in a Sports Illustrated article that he was taking a banned substance, according to a statement released Wednesday by Singh here at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Story.

WEEKLY PICKS: Half of our panel agrees that there is a man to beat this week: Nick Watney. And after a T-4 and T-13 to start the season, there is little reason to disagree. Our predictions.

DUFNER THE FAVORITE: Jason Dufner, a 12-1 favorite with Las Vegas oddsmakers, has contended in the past two Waste Management Phoenix Opens at TPC at Scottsdale, finishing tied for eighth last year after a runner-up showing in 2011. Story.

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