Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi pushed each other to the top of the leaderboard in perfect morning conditions in the Kraft Nabisco Championship...
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi pushed each other to the top of the leaderboard in perfect morning conditions in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff matched them late Thursday afternoon with a scrambling par on the par-5 18th after her drive went to the right and found the deep rough behind a tall tree.
The Englishwoman, in her second full year on the LPGA Tour, tied Pettersen and Choi at 4-under-par 68 at Mission Hills in the first major of the LPGA season.
Pettersen and Choi made it look easy in the morning, finishing well before the wind picked up and temperature climbed into the low 90s in the Coachella Valley.
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Anna Nordqvist and Amy Yang were a stroke back at 69.
Former Husky Louise Friberg had a 71, and former Husky Paige Mackenzie shot a 72.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis had a 73. She made a triple-bogey 6 on No. 14, three-putting after her tee shot trickled into the water.
Jimin Kang, a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, had a 76.
Two share lead
SAN ANTONIO — Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo shot 5-under 67s to earn the surprising lead after the first round of the Texas Open, holding off a field that includes world No. 2 Rory McIlroy.
Bettencourt made the tournament as an alternate. The former Reno-Tahoe Open winner needed only 25 putts, joining Tomasulo in holding off a group of four players — including three-time major winner Padraig Harrington — at 4 under.
McIlroy, who entered the tournament as a final opportunity to prep for next week’s Masters, opened with an even-par 72 and is tied for 45th.
Jeff Gove of Seattle shot a 71. Former Husky Richard H. Lee and Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor both had 74s. Andres Gonzales of Olympia shot a 75. Former Husky Troy Kelly had a 78.