Phil Mickelson lost his cushion, but not the lead Saturday at the Northern Trust Open.
Mickelson saw Jeff Quinney make a hole-in-one on the fabled sixth hole at Riviera to erase a four-shot margin. But Mickelson saved par on No.18 for 1-under 70 to stay in the lead and move a step closer to adding this trophy to his West Coast collection.
Quinney made a 35-foot birdie on the final hole for 67, setting up what appears to be a two-man race in the final round.
Mickelson, whose 15 wins on the West Coast swing have come in every city but Los Angeles, was at 11-under 202. He missed the green on the final hole, chipped 7 feet by and saved par.
"I thought it was a good, solid round," Mickelson said.
Quinney delivered the best shot, and maybe the worst.
Along with his ace that he could hear, but not see, Quinney bladed a wedge over the green on par-5 No.11 that led to a two-shot swing in Mickelson's favor.
Quinney was at 203, four shots ahead of everyone else. John Rollins shot 69, leaving him at 207. Scott Verplank (71) was another shot back with Stuart Appleby (69) and Vaughn Taylor (71).
Quinney's hole-in-one on No.6 was a 7-iron that landed just to the side of the bunker in the middle of the green, rolled down the slope and into the cup. He heard the crowd erupt and ran toward his caddie, unsure whether to hug or high-five. It turned out to be a clumsy celebration.
"We need to get that organized," he said.
LPGA: Annika Sorenstam won the season-opening SBS Open in Kahuku, Hawaii, for her 70th tour title and first since September 2006.
The Swedish star birdied two of the last three holes for 3-under 69 and two-stroke victory over Russy Gulyanamitta, Laura Diaz and Jane Park.
Sorenstam, 37, coming off an injury-shortened season in which she failed to win last year for the first time since her rookie season in 1994, finished with a 10-under 206 total.
Sorenstam dropped to a knee and shook her fist as she calmly sank a 15-foot downhill putt on the par-4 17th that ended any suspense.
"It's been a while," her caddie said as they hugged.
CHAMPIONS: Tom Jenkins moved into position to become the 18th player 60 or older to win on the tour, shooting 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over five players in the ACE Group Classic in Naples. Jenkins, 60, had a 12-under 132 total at Quail West Golf Club. He eagled the 527-yard, par-5 13th, making a 28-foot putt to take the lead from pass first-round co-leader Bruce Fleisher. Scott Hoch, a Quail West resident, had 66 to join Nick Price (66), Ron Streck (66), Gary Koch (67) and Peter Jacobsen (68) at 10 under.
EUROPEAN/ASIAN: Chile's Felipe Aguilar shot 3-under 67 for 194 total, maintaining a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Indonesia Open in Jakarta.