Phil Mickelson shoots 68 to take 2-shot lead into weekend

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course a

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course a

Phil Mickelson hits from the fairway on the 11th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course

Phil Mickelson hits from the fairway on the 11th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course

Phil Mickelson watches his putt on the 10th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PG

Phil Mickelson watches his putt on the 10th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PG

Phil Mickelson hits from rough on the 10th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA

Phil Mickelson hits from rough on the 10th hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA

Jon Rahm, of Spain, watches his tee shot on the first hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Co

Jon Rahm, of Spain, watches his tee shot on the first hole during the second round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Co

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson birdied four of his last five holes Friday in the Desert Classic to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend in his first event of the year.

A day after matching his career-low score with 12-under 60 at La Quinta Country Club, the 48-year-old Mickelson had a 68 on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. The tournament winner in 2002 and 2004, Lefty will play the final two rounds on PGA West's Stadium Course.

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.

Adam Hadwin and Steve Marino were 13 under. Hadwin had a 66 at La Quinta, the course where he shot 59 two years ago. Marino had a hole-in-one in a 65, also at La Quinta.

Mickelson birdied the par-4 fifth and sixth holes, the par-5 seventh and closed with another on No. 9. On his opening nine, he birdied the par-5 11th and par-3 12th, then gave back the strokes with a double bogey after hitting into the water on the par-4 18th.