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Mickelson keeps 2-shot lead at La Quinta

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LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson has barely stopped smiling since he teed off Thursday morning in the Desert Classic.

"It's so fun," Mickelson said. "I just love being in contention, having a chance to win, being in the final group, feeling the nerves, feeling that excitement, the opportunity. It's just, it's really fun."

The 48-year-old Mickelson made three long birdie putts on the back nine Saturday in a bogey-free 6-under 66 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. He topped the leaderboard for the third straight day after matching his career-low score with an opening 60 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and adding a 68 on Friday on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course.

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