Originally created 01/24/04

Golf Capsules



LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson was eager to put his poor 2003 season behind him. Through three days of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, he's well on his way.

Mickelson shot an 8-under 64 Friday to go to 21 under and take the third-round lead. He had a 68 in his first round of the season, followed by a 63 the second day of the 90-hole Hope.

Coming off a winless streak of some 18 months, the 2002 Hope champion has slipped from second to 16th in the world rankings.

Jay Haas (64) and Ben Crane (65) were two strokes back. Haas, who turned 50 last month but is in no hurry to join the senior tour, won the 1988 event and was runner-up to Mike Weir last year.

Robert Gamez had a tour record-tying 27 on the front nine and shot a 12-under 60 - one off the 18-hole record - to go to 16 under. Gamez played the 6,478-yard Indian Wells Country Club course, the shortest on the tour and also rated the easiest on the tour for the past three years.

The tour's nine-hole record of 27 is shared by Mike Souchak, Andy North and Billy Mayfair. The record for a round is 59, shared by Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval. Duval shot his at PGA West in the final round to win the 1999 Hope.

Dunhill Championship

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- France's Raphael Jacquelin shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Dunhill Championship.

Jacquelin had a 13-under 131 total on the Houghton Golf Club course. Ireland's Peter Lawrie (64) and Germany's Marcel Siem (67) were a stroke back.

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