View Count: 165 |  Publish Date: April 04, 2014
Golf results, April 3

Phil Mickelson is among the leaders after shooting a bogey-free 4-under-par 68 in his opening round of the Houston Open, showing no effects of the muscle pull that forced him to withdraw from last weeks Texas Open.
The five-time major winner, who practiced at Augusta National for two days this week in advance of the Masters, is three shots back of leaders Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman - both who shot 7-under 65.
Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar lead a group of five golfers at 6 under after Thursdays play.
Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, playing in the afternoon on the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, finished with a 2-under 70- five shots back of the lead. World No. 10 Dustin Johnson withdrew after an 8-over 80.
LPGA Tour: Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year.
The 24-year-old Chinese player had seven birdies and a bogey in her morning round in perfect conditions at Mission Hills.
Feng won the 2012 LPGA Championship to become the tours first Chinese winner and had two victories late last year. She tied for 16th last week in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, her best finish of the year.
Michelle Wie and Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak are in second, a stroke back.
Two strokes back at 68 is Angel Yin, a 15-year-old high school freshman from Arcadia (Los Angeles County), was second after a 68. She also played the event last year, tying for 55th.
I think this course suits me really well just because the greens, Yin said. I really like the greens here, so my putting really is better than any other course I play.
Defending champion Inbee Park opened with a 74. Last year, she won by four strokes for the first of her three straight major victories.
The pin positions were very tough for the first day, Park said. Half of the pins, we couldnt go at. There were very tough pins out there. I just didnt give myself a lot of opportunities. Obviously, the opportunities I had, I didnt make the putts.
European Tour: Jack Doherty of Scotland shot a 3-under 69 for the clubhouse lead in the first round of the rain-interrupted NH Collection Open at Cadiz, Spain.

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Time: 2:21  |  News Code: 393712  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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