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He added a birdie on the par-4 ninth for a front-nine 30, and birdied the par-4 10th, par-5 11th, par-5 13th and par-4 14th, holing a chip from in front of the 14th green.

The left-hander had 10 birdies and an eagle in his 12-under par opening round of 60 at the Desert Classic in California to race out to an early tournament lead.

The cut in the event comes tomorrow after 54 holes after all three venues have been played by the competitors before the event returns to the Stadium Tournament Course for Sunday's final round. Hadwin used seven birdies to move into third place and Marino, who is seeking his first victory, wielded a hole-in-one on the par-3 7th to climb the leaderboard. "I kind of eased into it, thinking that if I hit it too hard it might hit the pin and miss".

Mickelson, who shot a career-low in Round 1, teed off at the Nicklaus Tournament Course on Friday.

"I did feel the first round ought to have been lot lower, and hopefully I can keep this momentum going", said Lahiri. "I haven't really had the intense practice sessions that I would like, but I felt like all parts were OK and it just clicked".

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"There's two areas that guys tend to decline when they hit about mid 40s or so forth, " Mickelson said. "I had a decent lie after dropping off the cart path, but I had the ball a little bit below my feet and a slight uphill lie, which the tendency on those shots is to pull it and I just didn't adjust for that very well and I pulled it right in the water".

One-time PGA Tour victor Adam Hadwin and long-time pro Steve Marino round out the top three at 13 under. I've actually putted better the last few years than I ever have in my career.

"Once I got going I felt like I played really well", said Rose.

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World No 1 Justin Rose shot a four-under 68 on the more hard Stadium Course.

His round came as he started his 27th full season as a professional.

Rose, whose last outing came at the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta last month, will be playing his first tournament since switching to Homna golf clubs. Hadwin played the Stadium Course, Mullinax and Laird opened on the Nicklaus layout, and Clark was at La Quinta.

Henderson and Ji lead New Zealand's Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis of the United States by one shot.

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