The five-times major winner blitzed his way to the turn in 31
strokes with four birdies, an eagle and one bogey.
Mickelson added five more birdies coming home, together with a
dropped stroke at the 14th, to snatch the clubhouse lead with a
10-under total of 206.
The American's final hole summed up his third-round performance at
the European Tour event.
Mickelson found a bunker off the tee at the par-five 18th before
hitting his second shot into sandy waste.
With a palm tree in front of him, the 43-year-old Californian
conjured a low, fading escape that scuttled up on to the green and
he fist-pumped the air in delight when he rolled in his putt from 30
feet for a spectacular closing birdie.
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"It probably wasn't very sensible of me to try to go for the green
but hey, that's what I do," Mickelson told reporters.
"I was fortunate in that I just had enough room to trap out a
low pitching wedge that flew under the leaves and up on to the
"To get back in contention to win my first golf tournament of
the year is hugely important so I'll look forward to tomorrow,"
Also on 10-under and still out on the course were world number
seven Rory McIlroy, Briton Craig Lee and India's Gaganjeet
(Writing by Tony Jimenez; editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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