News for Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Kraft Nabisco: First- and second-round tee times

Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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

From World No. 1 Stacy Lewis and previous No. 1 Yani Tseng to 14-year-old Angel Yin and 15-year-old Lydia Ko, keep up with the first round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the LPGA season.

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Tide's Meadow opens Kraft Nabisco with 73

Starting on the back, Alabama's Stephanie Meadow double-bogeyed No. 13 and bogeyed No. 15. She had three birdies on the front to get to 1-over 73 for the day.

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Wie's struggles should act as cautionary tale for Ko

Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko fired even-par 72s on Thursday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, but it is the overall lesson that Wie can offer that Ko will learn from the most, says our Beth Ann Baldry.

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Tracker: Bettencourt, Tomasulo lead at Texas Open

Both playing in the afternoon wave, Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo fired 5-under 67s to lead four others by one shot in San Antonio. See how it happened.

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Kraft notes: Pettersen is all smiles after opening 68

Suzann Pettersen says on-course enjoyment is the hardest part of the game for her. Thursday’s bogey-free 68, however, left a smile on her face.

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Adams Super 9031: A hybrid for better players

Adams' latest club-design mission yields a smaller hybrid that's easier to hit than a long iron – but remains workable, according to the company.

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Byron Nelson Award's 5 finalists announced

Finalists for the 2013 Byron Nelson Award must be a graduating senior; criteria include collegiate golf career, academic record and citizenship.

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Masters 2013: A look at OWGR trends at Augusta

The Official World Golf Ranking was unveiled in advance of the 1986 Masters, which Jack Nicklaus won dramatically at the age of 46. Here's a look at some trends the OWGR shows.

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Scores: Round 4, Valero Texas Open

Check out the Round 4 leaderboard at the Valero Texas Open.

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Titleist preaches green-to-tee for ball selection

Fordie Pitts, Titleist's tour consultant for golf ball research and development, relies on extensive on-course feedback to fit tour pros with the right golf ball.

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Notebook: Miss. St. wins again, eyes home tourney

The Mississippi State Bulldogs men's golf team is piling up an impressive record without gaining widespread recognition for it, but stands to improve on its No. 32 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking.

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Masters 2013: A viewer's guide to coverage

This year's Masters will once again provide expansive viewing options to golf fans around the world.

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Masters 2013: A look back at 18 years of Tiger

Tiger Woods has experienced some of his greatest moments at the Masters, and contended even when his career has been in turmoil. Here’s how Woods has fared in each of his 18 appearances at Augusta National:

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Masters 2013: Playing a little remember when . . .

From Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle to Mark O’Meara and Larry Mize, these little-known Masters moments are a hoot says our Jeff Rude.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know George Coetzee

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: George Coetzee.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Tianlang Guan

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Tianlang Guan.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Alan Dunbar

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Alan Dunbar.