Bill Haas, who has three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour since the beginning of December, shot a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead in the Valspar Championship.
Phil Mickelson fired up the crowd for a second straight day, but Jason Dufner pulled ahead to grab the lead heading into the weekend in Palm Springs.
Bill Haas wasted no time Thursday when it came to protecting his title. The defending champion played this approach on the first hole at La Quinta Country Club:
The PGA Tour returns to the mainland this week for the CareerBuilder Challenge.