Matt Kuchar, paired with Mickelson, had a 64 — matching the best round of the day — to get to 10 under. He's playing for the third straight week.
"It certainly helps playing the last couple of weeks," Kuchar said. "My first week out at the Tournament of Champions there was definitely some rust and lack of scoring. Even if you have been practicing, which I was, tournament play is just a little bit different."
DIVOTS: The Palmer course had the highest scoring average the first two days at 69.596. La Quinta was next at 69.529, and the Nicklaus course the lowest at 67.923. ... Mike Weir, the 2003 champion, followed his opening 67 at La Quinta with a 75 at the Nicklaus course to drop into a tie for 130th in the 156-man field at 2 under. The Canadian has missed 16 consecutive cuts and finished only one tournament — a tie for 70th in the AT&T National in July 2011 — in his last 28 events. The top 70 and ties after the third round will play Sunday at the Palmer course. ... FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker shot a 68 on the Nicklaus course to reach 9 under. He's the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 8. ... Defending champion Mark Wilson was tied for 138th at 1 under after a 66 on the Nicklaus course. He opened with a 77 at La Quinta.
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