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Phoenix Open tracker first round

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a week overshadowed by Vijay Singh's admittance of taking a banned substance, the players return to the course at TPC Scottsdale on Thursday.

Defending champ Kyle Stanley will try to find his game, while the likes of Bo Van Pelt, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner headline the big names.

Oh, and don't forget the par-3 16th, where you better have some thick skin if you hit a bad shot.

We'll keep you updated all day with our Tour Tracker:

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Update No. 9, 2:58 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just stuck his tee shot to about 8 feet at the par-3 seventh. He's 10 under right now and needing two birdies in his last three holes to shoot 59.

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Update No. 8, 2:55 p.m. EST

He's slowing down just a bit with a second straight par at the par-4 sixth, meaning Phil Mickelson has just three holes to make two more birdies to get to 59.

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Update No. 7, 2:42 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson made par at No. 5, so he'll need to birdie half of his remaining four holes to shoot 59 at the par-71 TPC Scottsdale. When Lefty has shot 29 or better for nine holes, he's won five times.

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Update No. 6, 2:29 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just birdied the par-3 fourth to move to 10 under through 13 holes. He needs to birdie two of his final five holes to shoot 59. Mickelson's lowest round at TPC Scottsdale is 60 (29-31 in 2005).

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Update No. 5, 2:16 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson made just his third par of the round at No. 2. That's because he's made nine birdies, including most recently at No. 3. Lefty is 9 under through 12 holes and 59 – or fewer – is looking like a possibility.

Also putting together a nice round is Ryan Palmer, who i 7 under through 16 holes. He's in solo second, one shot ahead of the Belgian Bomber, Nicolas Colsaerts. A lot of notable names are near the top of the leaderboard so far on Thursday: Hunter Mahan at 4 under; Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker at 3 under; and Rickie Fowler and Bo Van Pelt at 2 under.

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Update No. 4, 1:41 p.m. EST

The birdies just keep coming for Phil, who is now 8 under through 10 holes. Lefty has sandwiched two pars with four birdies on each side. He birdied his first four holes (Nos. 10-13) and has birdied his last four holes (Nos. 16-18 and 1). It's safe to say we're officially on 59 watch. Stuart Appleby, who shot 59 in the final round to win the 2010 Greenbrier Classic, posted the most recent sub-60 score on Tour.

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Update No. 3, 1:30 p.m. EST

Through nine holes, Phil Mickelson is 7 under. That's seven birdies in nine holes for the current leader, who made the turn with a 29 on the back nine. He'll now get the par-35 front nine as he attempts to best the course record of 12-under 59, which was set in Wednesday's pro-am by Bo Van Pelt.

Lefty leads Ryan Palmer by a shot. Palmer, who is 6 under through 13 holes, was T-55 here last year after missing the cut in 2011. he was T-14 in 2010.

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Update No. 2, 1:11 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson has now taken sole possession of the lead at 6 under. After a birdie on the famous – and raucous – par-3 16th, Lefty birdied the par-4 17th. Bo Van Pelt set the course record with a 12-under 59 in Wednesday's pro-am. Mickelson is on good pace to challenge that mark with six birdies already and 10 holes to play, including the par-5 third.

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Update No. 1, 12:58 p.m. EST

A frost delay pushed back today's tee times about an hour, but we have now been underway for a good two-and-a half hours. And the highlight so far is Phil Mickelson's strong start.

Lefty is 5 under through seven holes so far today. He birdied his first four holes of the round (Nos. 10-13) and is T-1 with Gary Woodland and Ryan Palmer.

Mickelson was T-26 at this tournament last season, T-29 in 2011 and T-24 in 2010.

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Round 1 coverage

SINGH WITHDRAWS: Vijay Singh withdraws from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a day after saying he used deer-antler spray. Story.

MR. 59: Bo Van Pelt fired a course-record 59 in Wednesday's pro-am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it won't go down in the record books because it was in the pro-am. Story.

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Pre-tournament coverage

• READY TO GET ROWDY? It's almost here: "The Greatest Show on Grass." Last year a record 173,210 spectators packed TPC Scottsdale on Saturday for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here are 5 Things to expect this week . . . Story.

'SHOCKED:' Vijay Singh expressed shock and anger when it was disclosed in a Sports Illustrated article that he was taking a banned substance, according to a statement released Wednesday by Singh here at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Story.

WEEKLY PICKS: Half of our panel agrees that there is a man to beat this week: Nick Watney. And after a T-4 and T-13 to start the season, there is little reason to disagree. Our predictions.

DUFNER THE FAVORITE: Jason Dufner, a 12-1 favorite with Las Vegas oddsmakers, has contended in the past two Waste Management Phoenix Opens at TPC at Scottsdale, finishing tied for eighth last year after a runner-up showing in 2011. Story.

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