Perhaps we should all have such low expectations of our games.

Phil Mickelson expected to be “rusty” in Round 1 of the Desert Classic. Instead, he shot 12-under-par 60. Here’s a look at all of his highlights from Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

His day began with a birdie at the par-4 first.

There it is. ☝️[email protected]Mickelson's first birdie of the 2019 season. ?#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/bUmktfwCNU

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


This approach shot at the par-4 second set up birdie No. 2.

From the rough …

Wow, @PhilMickelson. ?#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/z7E1UbPIZ9

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


After a pair of pars, Mickelson got to 3 under par with a birdie at the par-5 fifth.

-3 thru 5. [email protected] is tied for the lead @Desert_Classic. ?#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/o1oE8yBR6I

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


He then made this short putt for eagle at the par-5 sixth.

? for Lefty. [email protected] leads by 2 @Desert_Classic.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/yzsjFTB3ma

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


And added this birdie at the par-4 ninth to turn in 6-under 30.

That's how you make the turn. [email protected] finishes his front nine with four birdies and an eagle. ?????

He leads at -6.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/tNBW0eat0R

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


Mickelson stayed hot on the back, making this long birdie putt at the 10th.

Wow.

Another birdie for @PhilMickelson.

-7 thru 10 holes.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/d7Vzrqe8UA

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


And then getting up and down for another birdie at the par-5 11th.

Nothing like a @PhilMickelson flop shot.

-8 thru 12 holes.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/IVayAGRuQj

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


Another up-and-down, this time from the bunker, at the par-5 13th, got him to 9 under par.

Lefty is putting on a clinic with his wedges today. [email protected] is -9 thru 13 holes.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/AXgLxKD0Hg

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


This chip-in at the 14th got him to double digits under par.

Stop it, @PhilMickelson!

-10 with 4 holes to go.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/cdWXOPVRoI

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


Needing to play his final three holes in 3 under to shoot 59, he got off to a good start with a birdie at the par-4 16th.

?59 [email protected] needs to birdie his final two holes to shoot 59!#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/gvAHCUhpJg

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019


MIckelson would par the 17th hole, but he finished with his 10th birdie of the day – to go along with that eagle – to shoot his third career 60.

60!

What a round of golf from @PhilMickelson! ?#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/sAwF5eU8IQ

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2019

Highlights: Phil makes 10 birdies, one eagle in opening 60 - see them all

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