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Kid Ko Impresses At The Kraft Nabisco Championship

Suzann Pettersen has a share of the lead at the first major championship of the season.

The one-time major winner, who has three runner-up finishes on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course, shares a first round lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with playing partner Na Yeon Choi.

Choi and Pettersen both shot a bogey free 4-under-par 68 as they battle to win their second majors. Choi won the U.S. Women’s Open last year. Pettersen won the LPGA Championship in ’07.

Kiwi golf prodigy Lydia Ko showed no ill effects from six weeks away from competitive action to be in touch with the leaders after the opening round. Ko, 15, went round Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage in an even-par 72, carding three birdies and three bogeys to sit four shots behind the leaders.

The winner of three professional tournaments, the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and the current next big thing in women’s golf has been humbled by the praised reigned down on her saying, “I think everyone is being overly too nice. I mean, I look up to everyone out here. I think they’re really great.”

Ko, who’s playing with former teen sensation Micelle Wie, has yet to miss a cut in 14 professional tournaments with her best finish in a major to date a 17th at last year’s British Open.