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Bettencourt, Tomasulo share Texas lead
Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo shot 5-under par 67s to earn the surprising lead after the first round of the Texas Open on Thursday, 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.
Harrington and Billy Horschel shared the lead following the morning tee times, battling chilly and windy conditions. They were joined by Bryce Molder and Harris English at 4 under in the afternoon.
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.
Pettersen, Choi, Ewart Shadoff share lead at Kraft Nabisco Championship
Playing partners Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi took advantage of perfect morning conditions to share the first-round lead with Jodi Ewart Shadoff.
Finishing before the temperature climbed into the low 90s on Thursday in the Coachella Valley, Pettersen and Choi had bogey-free rounds of 4-under 68 at Mission Hills. Ewart Shadoff matched them late in the afternoon in more difficult conditions.
Anna Nordqvist and afternoon starter Amy Yang were a stroke back at 69 in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the year.