How it Happened: Choi, Ewart Shadoff, Pettersen lead Kraft

Suzann Pettersen

In the California desert, the latest installment of the Kraft Nabisco Championship – the LPGA season's first major – is underway in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club.

From World No. 1 Stacy Lewis and previous No. 1 Yani Tseng to 14-year-old Angel Yin and 15-year-old Lydia Ko, the Kraft offers plenty of storylines.

We'll have all the latest again tomorrow. Here's how things unfolded during Thursday's first round:

Tee times for Friday's second round

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Update No. 39: 9:33 p.m EDT

Looks like everyone who's going to finish the first round under par is done for the day. The lead belongs to Na Yeon Choi, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Suzann Pettersen, tied at 4 under after carding 68s (Choi and Pettersen in the morning, Ewart Shadoff in the afternoon). Their lead is one over Amy Yang and Anna Nordqvist.

Farther back, Jane Park and Moriya Jutanugarn finish with pars to stay at 2-under and T-6, tied with nine others, while Alison Walshe finishes her round with a birdie to move to 1 under and T-17 in a group of six.

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Update No. 38: 9:17 p.m EDT

Among the notables away from the lead pack in the afternoon groups:

• World No. 1 Yani Tseng finishes even par, ending her day with six straight bogeys.

• World No. 5 Shanshan Feng finishes with two bogeys in her last 3 holes to fall to 6 over.

• World No. 10 Paula Creamer cards a birdie, a bogey and four pars on her final six holes to end the day 2 over.

• Sandra Gal cards 3 bogeys to end her round and finishes 6 over.

• Lexi Thompson ends her day with a double bogey and a bogey to fall to 4 over.

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Update No. 37: 9:07 p.m EDT

Co-leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff pars No. 17 to remain at 4 under.

Updating the group in the clubhouse at 2 under and two shots off the lead are nine players: Jacqui Concolino, who just finished with a par, Jessica Korda, Caroline Masson, Hee Young Park, Inbee Park, Lizette Salas, Giulia Sergas, Jiyai Shin and Angela Stanford.

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Update No. 36: 8:59 p.m EDT

Amy Yang finished her round at 3 under thanks to a 2-under back nine that featured birdies at Nos. 11 and 13. That pulls her even with Anna Nordqvist and they stand at T-4. Another stroke back are 11 golfers, three of whom are still on the course: Jane Park, who had been a co-leader at 4 under; Moriya Jutanugarn and Jacqui Concolino.

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Update No. 35: 8:53 p.m EDT

Jodi Ewart Shadoff moved to 4 under on the strength of four straight back-nine birdies that took her to 5 under for a while, but a bogey at No. 16 has her tied for the lead with Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.

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Update No. 34: 7:38 p.m EDT

Recapping the top rounds going in the afternoon group:

Jane Park, 4 under: Tied for the lead with morning golfers Na Yeon Choi, Suzann Pettersen; four birdies between Nos. 5-11.

Angela Stanford, 2 under: Three birdies in her first six holes, followed by two bogeys and a birdie during her next 10.

Amy Yang, 2 under: Two birdies in her first four holes, with a bogey and a birdie in her last five (through 16).

Jacqui Concolino, 2 under: A roller coaster day with two birdies in her last three holes (through 12).

Note: Stanford, Yang and Concolino are T-5 along with six other golfers who finished 2 under during the morning rounds.

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Update No. 33: 7:28 p.m EDT

Away from the leaderboard:

• World No. 1 Yani Tseng bogeys No. 12 and is even par through 13.

• World No. 5 Shanshan Feng bogeys No. 14 and double-bogeys No. 15 to fall to 4 over.

• World No. 10 Paula Creamer remains 2 over through 12.

• Sandra Gal birdies No. 13 but double-bogeys No. 15 to get to 3 over through 15.

• Lexi Thompson cards another par and remains 1 over through 14.

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Update No. 32: 7:17 p.m EDT

Jane Park is among the co-leaders, becoming the first afternoon golfer to move to 4 under thanks to a birdie at No. 10 – her fourth in six holes.

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Update No. 31: 7:07 p.m EDT

Jane Park moves to 3 under with a birdie at No. 9, her third in five holes, putting her T-3 with Anna Nordqvist. Karrie Webb, meanwhile, bogeys No. 12 to fall to 1 under.

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Update No. 30: 6:58 p.m EDT

Lexi Thompson continues rebounding from a rough start, carding her third birdie in five holes to get to 1 over. But the afternoon field hasn't been able to match the leading score of 4 under, as temperatures and winds have indeed picked up.

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Update No. 29: 6:49 p.m EDT

The T-4 group at 2 under just keeps growing – Karrie Webb won this tournament in 2000 and 2006, and joins the fray with a birdie at No. 11, one of four golfers with afternoon tee times at that mark, along with Angela Stanford, Jane Park and Louise Friberg. Six golfers this morning finished 2 under, two back of leaders Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.

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Update No. 28: 6:40 p.m EDT

Paula Creamer closes her front nine with a pair of bogeys, failing to convert a sand save at No. 9, to slide to 2 over. Lexi Thompson struggled early, with four bogeys in her first six holes, but has steadied herself with two birdies and three pars to bounce back to 2 over through 11.

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Update No. 27: 6:27 p.m EDT

Of the 111 golfers in the field, 45 stand 2 under, 1 under or even par. Among them is Louise Friberg, who birdied at No. 14 to return to 2 under. Also in that group: World No. 2 Yani Tseng, who is 1 under at the turn.

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Update No. 26: 6:09 p.m EDT

Jacqui Concolino joins the T-5 group with a birdie at No. 15, her third in six holes, to go to 2 under through six holes. Louise Friberg falls to 1 under with a double bogey on No. 12. The lead is still one stroke for Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.

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Update No. 25: 6:03 p.m EDT

Taking a look at the amateurs in play so far today:

Ashlan Ramsey: In the clubhouse at 1 under.

Lydia Ko: In the clubhouse at even par.

Camilla Hedberg: In the clubhouse at even par.

Doris Chen: Even par through four holes.

Angel Yin: In the clubhouse at 1 over.

Lindy Duncan: 2 over through three holes.

Stephanie Meadow: 2 over through 11 holes.

Isabelle Lendl: 2 over through 5 holes.

Georgia Hall: 5 over through 12 holes.

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Update No. 24: 5:56 p.m EDT

Louise Friberg moves to 3 under with a birdie at No. 11. Meanwhile, Gerina Piller cards her first bogey of the day at No. 11, joining Angela Stanford and Amy Yang at 2-under, good for T-5 right now. Nine afternoon golfers are at 1 under: Ha-Neul Kim, Jacqui Concolino, Karrie Webb, Jiyai Shin, Jee Young Lee, Momoko Ueda, Alison Walshe, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Stacy Prammanasudh.

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Update No. 23: 5:43 p.m EDT

Away from the lead pack, World No. 2 Yani Tseng is even par, as is No. 10-ranked Paula Creamer. Tseng has completed six holes, birdieing No. 4 and following it with a bogey. Creamer has parred all five holes.

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Update No. 22: 5:22 p.m EDT

The top afternoon golfers are holding steady, with 10 more at 1 under for the day without having made the turn. Also of note, World No. 5 Shanshan Feng is 1 over through 7, with bogeys at Nos. 2 and 3, followed by a rebound birdie at No. 4.

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Update No. 21: 5:04 p.m EDT

Gerina Piller holds steady and makes the turn at 3 under, one stroke back of the leaders. Louise Friberg and Amy Yang join Angela Stanford as afternoon golfers at 2 under, Friberg after a bogey at No. 8 and Yang after a birdie at No. 13 followed by a pair of pars.

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Update No. 20: 4:57 p.m EDT

Catching up on some notables with afternoon tee times who aren't in the lead pack:

• Yani Tseng: The world's No. 2 female golfer is even through 2, seeking to reclaim the top spot.

• Paula Creamer: Even through 1, the world's No. 10 golfer seeks her second major title.

• Lexi Thompson: The 18-year-old, ranked No. 23 in the world, is 2 over through four holes.

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Update No. 19: 4:38 p.m EDT

Gerina Piller moves into the T-3 group at 3 under with her third birdie of the day, while Angela Stanford birdies two of her first three holes to move to T-6 a 2 under.

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Update No. 18: 4:25 p.m EDT

Louise Friberg of Sweden is thriving early during her round, birdieing Nos. 1, 3 and 4 to join the group that's T-3 at 3 under and a stroke back of leaders Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.

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Update No. 17: 4:02 p.m EDT

Gerina Piller gets the afternoon group sparked with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 to join the group at 2 under. Few from the morning group are still on the course, with Ashlan Ramsey having ended her round as the low amateur so far, at 1 under.

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Update No. 16: 3:45 p.m EDT

Hee Young Park and Giulia Sergas join the group of golfers who have finished their first round at 2 under, two back of co-leaders Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen. World No. 1 Stacy Lewis ends her day at 1 over and T-39. Natalie Gulbis bogeys her final hole of the day and stands 2 over, T-47.

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Update No. 15: 3:27 p.m EDT

Looking again at notable golfers outside the lead pack:

• World No. 1 Stacy Lewis is 1 over through 17, due mostly to a triple bogey earlier.

• 14-year-old Angel Yin is in the clubhouse at 1 over, having closed each nine with a bogey on a par 5.

• Kia Classic winner Beatriz Recari also is in the clubhouse, 3 over with three bogeys and 15 pars.

• Battling back after time lost to malaria, Natalie Gulbis is 1 over through 17.

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Update No. 14: 3:19 p.m EDT

Na Yeon Choi pulls even with Suzann Pettersen as the two finish their rounds at 4 under. The top seven names on the leaderboard are all in the clubhouse, in fact. Anna Nordqvist is alone in third at at 3 under, with four golfers another stroke back: Jessica Korda, Caroline Masson, Inbee Park and Lizette Salas.

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Update No. 13: 3:06 p.m EDT

Anna Nordqvist is the first to finish her day at 3 under, one stroke behind leader Suzann Pettersen and tied with Na Yeon Choi, both of whom have two holes to play after teeing off on the back today.

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Update No. 12: 2:53 p.m EDT

Suzann Pettersen's fourth birdie of the day – her first in seven holes since carding three in a row on Nos. 16-18 before making the turn – gives her the lead alone at 4 under. Anna Nordqvist birdies to move to T-2 at 3 under, tied with Na Yeon Choi. Caroline Hedwall, Caroline Masson and Lizette Salas are another stroke back.

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Update No. 11: 2:41 p.m EDT

Giulia Sergas' bogey at No. 12 drops her from the lead pack, leaving Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen in the lead at 3 under. World No. 1 Stacy Lewis has birdied again and followed with a par, moving to 1 over through 14.

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Update No. 10: 2:24 p.m EDT

A few updates on notable golfers outside the lead pack:

Stacy Lewis: The world's No. 1 female golfer is 2 over for the day, with two birdies, a bogey and a triple bogey.

Natalie Gulbis: Battling back from malaria, Gulbis is 1 over through 11 in her quest to win her first major.

Beatriz Recari: Following her win at the Kia Classic, Recari has started off 3 over through 15.

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Update No. 9: 2:17 p.m EDT

Anna Nordqvist and Hee Young Park bogey their 15th and 12th holes, respectively, to fall one back of the lead. Three remain at 3 under.

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Update No. 8: 2:06 p.m EDT

Michelle Wie moves to 2 under with a birdie putt of about 12 feet. She joins Lizette Salas and Angel Yin at T-6, one stroke back of five co-leaders: Na Yeon Choi, Anna Nordqvist, Hee Young Park, Suzann Pettersen and Giulia Sergas.

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Update No. 7: 1:57 p.m EDT

Let's take a look at the top five women in the Official World Golf Ranking and where they stand so far today:

  1. Stacy Lewis: 3 over through 10, T-45
  2. Yani Tseng: Teeing off at 4:14 p.m. EDT
  3. Na Yeon Choi: 3 under through 11, T-1
  4. Inbee Park: 1 under through 12, T-6
  5. Shanshan Feng: Teeing off at 3:24 p.m. EDT

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Update No. 6: 1:41 p.m EDT

Jessica Korda pulls within a stroke of the lead with a birdie at No. 12 - the third in her last five holes – trailing Na Yeon Choi, Anna Nordqvist, Hee Young Park and Suzann Pettersen. Korda is one of four golfers tied a stroke back at 2 under. World No. 1 Stacy Lewis cards a bogey to fall to 3 over again.

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Update No. 5: 1:23 p.m EDT

Make it five at 3 under, tied for the lead: Na Yeon Choi, Anna Nordqvist, Ji Young Oh, Hee Young Park and Suzann Pettersen. All are at or near the turn today, with Choi, Park and Pettersen having just barely missed birdie putts. Four more are tied at 2 under – Austin Ernst, Pernilla Lindbergh, Giulia Sergas and Angel Yin – and seven more are at 1 under.

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Update No. 4: 1:08 p.m EDT

Austin Ernst birdies No. 5 to join the T-4 group at 2 under, one stroke back of the lead and one ahead of a dozen golfers at 1 under. Among the top six golfers, there doesn't seem to be any advantage to going off the back or the front – they're divided at three each. Stacy Lewis has more than steadied herself – she follows her triple bogey with a par and a birdie to move back to 2 over.

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Update No. 3: 12:57 p.m EDT

Anna Nordqvist birdies No. 18 as she makes the turn and Na Yeon Choi does the same at No. 17 as the two join Hee Young Park in the lead at 3 under. Ji Young Choi and Suzann Pettersen are a stroke back at 2 under. Lydia Ko, for the second time today, follows a birdie with a bogey and returns to even par.

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Update No. 2: 12:41 p.m EDT

Hee Young Park birdies No. 5 to take the lead outright at 3 under, one ahead of Anna Nordqvist, Ji Young Oh and Angel Yin. Lydia Ko notches her second birdie of the day and moves back to 1 under in nine-way tie for fifth.

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Update No. 1: 12:33 p.m EDT

World No. 1 Stacy Lewis starts with four pars, then misses a long bogey putt at No. 14, her fifth hole of the day – as well as the short comebacker. That pushes her to 3 over through five holes.

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Early risers

With only one threesome having completed the turn, just 12 golfers are under par. Fourteen-year-old Angel Yin, through eight holes, is among four co-leaders at 2 under – along with Ji Young Oh, Anna Nordqvist and Hee Young Park.

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Weather conditions

It's a nearly perfect morning, with temps in the mid 70s about 9:30. The high will climb into the 90s, though. There's not much wind, though it could pick up in the afternoon and evening.

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Wednesday's coverage

A victory this week would get former World No. 1 Yani Tseng back on course

Notes: Modest 15-year-old Lydia Ko gathers in the Kraft Nabisco Championship experience

Staff predictions: Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko lead picks for Kraft Nabisco Championship

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