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Kraft Nabisco Championships: Two former champs starting well

March 31, 2011 |  2:12 pm

Pressel_275 Morgan Pressel, 22, won her only major -- and her first tournament of any kind -- in 2007 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Thursday she had a feisty two-under 70 that has her tied for sixth with 20 others, including defending champion Yani Tseng and Brittany Lincicome, who won her first and only major here in 2008 and who started her first round birdie-birdie.

Former UCLA player Mariajo Uribe from Colombia also finished at two-under.

Michelle Wie, a big crowd favorite who first played here in 2003 as a 13-year-old, just parred her first two holes, the par-four 10th and par-five 11th. There are 12 golfers yet to tee off.

Sandra Gal and Mika Miyazato have both finished with five-under-par 67s and that's the standard so far.


Kraft Nabisco Championship: Mika Miyazato shares lead

Kraft Nabisco Championship: Sandra Gal posts score to shoot for

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Morgan Pressel plays her tee shot at the third hole on Thursday. Credit: David Cannon / Getty Images