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Lahiri shoots 65 to rise to T-21st at Desert Classic

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58   //    19 Jan 2019, 12:51 IST

La Quinta (US), Jan 19 (PTI) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri made a smart comeback on the second day, cruising to a seven-under 65 to rise from overnight 70th to Tied-21st at the halfway mark of the Desert Classic here.

Lahiri, who shot 70 on the PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course on the first day, is now nine-under for 36 holes at the event, which is played like a Pro-Am.

Phil Mickelson birdied four of his last five holes Friday to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend in his first event of the year.

After shooting a career-low 12-under 60 at La Quinta Country Club, the 48-year-old Mickelson had a 68 on Nicklaus Tournament Course to get to 16-under.

Curtis Luck was second after a 66 on the Nicklaus layout. The 22-year-old Australian rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 eighth with a closing birdie on the par-4 ninth.

Lahiri, who missed a lot of makeable putts on the first day at the Stadium Course, had five birdies on the front nine.

He started with a birdie on second and then dropped a shot on third. He got back to under par with a birdie on fourth and then had three in a row from seventh to ninth.

He birdied 13th to get to five-under and closed birdie-birdie on 17-18 to card 65.

"It felt nice to finally get a good score under my belt. I did feel the first round ought to have been lot lower, and hopefully I can keep this momentum going," said Lahiri.

Mickelson, the tournament winner in 2002 and 2004, will play the final two rounds on PGA West's Stadium Course.

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Adam Hadwin and Steve Marino were 13 under, and defending champion Jon Rahm was another stroke back.

Hadwin had a 66 at La Quinta, where the Canadian shot 59 two years ago.

Marino had a hole-in-one on the seventh hole at La Quinta in a 65.

Defending FedExCup champion Justin Rose was tied for 28th at eight-under after a 68 on the Nicklaus layout

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