RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Michelle Wie let a couple of shots slip away late Thursday afternoon in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, leaving her a shot behind Shanshan Feng.
Tied for the lead after playing a four-hole stretch in 5 under, Wie lipped out a 3-foot par putt on the par-3 17th, then settled for par and a 5-under 67 after her wedge approach released long on the par-5 18th.
“I’ll take it,” Wie said. “I’ll take a 67 here.”
Feng shot a 66 in perfect morning conditions at Mission Hills in the first major championship of the year. The 24-year-old Chinese player had seven birdies and a bogey.
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Se Ri Pak birdied her final hole to match Wie at 67. The 36-year-old Pak won the last of her five major titles in 2006.
HUMBLE, Texas — Phil Mickelson did more than prove to just himself that he’s ready for next week’s Masters.
The five-time major winner showed everyone that he’s fully recovered from last week’s muscle pull and likely to be a factor in this week’s Houston Open as well.
Mickelson opened with a 4-under 68 at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston and was among the leaders after the opening round.
Mickelson was three shots back of first-round co-leaders Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman, both finishing at 7 under. Hass had five birdies on his back nine, while Hoffman needed just 27 putts to earn a share of the lead.
Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar lead a group of five golfers at 6 under. J.B. Holmes, Erik Compton and Jim Renner also are at 6 under, with 10 golfers at 5 under.
Michael Putnam from University Place shot a 4-under 68. Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor had a 69. Former Husky Richard H. Lee had a 73.