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Teeing it up / This week's golf


Event: Kraft Nabisco Championship

Site: Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course (6,702 yards, par 72).

Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $300,000.

TV: ESPN2 (Thursday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 6-8 p.m.) and Ch. 4 (Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Brittany Lincicome won her first major title, hitting a hybrid from 210 yards to 4 feet to set up a winning eagle on the par-5 18th. Lincicome finished with a 69 for a one-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr and Kristy McPherson.

Last week: South Korea's Hee Kyung Seo won the inaugural Kia Classic at La Costa for her first LPGA Tour title, beating Inbee Park by six strokes.

Chip shots: Michelle Wie tied for fifth last week at La Costa. She was penalized two strokes in the final round for grounding her club in a hazard after hitting out of the water near the 11th green. . . . Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa won the 2008 tournament. . . . Morgan Pressel won in 2007 to become the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history at 18 years, 10 months, nine days. . . . In 2006, Karrie Webb holed a 116-yard shot for eagle on the 18th, then beat Ochoa in a playoff with birdie on the same hole. Webb won in 2000 by record 10 strokes. . . . The event, first played in 1972 as the Colgate Dinah Shore, became a major championship in 1983. . . . Japan's Ai Miyazato tied for 39th last week after winning the season-opening events in Thailand and Singapore. . . . The tour is off next week. Play will resume April 15-16 in Jamaica.

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Event: Houston Open

Site: Humble, Texas.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Redstone Golf Club, Tournament Course (7,457 yards, par 72).

Purse: $5.8 million. Winner's share: $1,044,000.

TV: Golf Channel (Thursday, 4-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-3 a.m., 4-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-3 a.m.) and Ch. 2 (Saturday, 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: England's Paul Casey won his first PGA Tour title, beating J.B. Holmes with a bogey on the first hole of a playoff.

Last week: Ernie Els won the rain-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational in a Monday finish at Bay Hill for his second straight victory and 18th PGA Tour title. Kevin Na and Edoardo Molinari tied for second, two strokes back.

Chip shots: The Masters is next week. The winner, if not already exempt, will earn a spot at Augusta National. . . . Els, Casey and Phil Mickelson are in the field along with Fred Couples, Masters champion Angel Cabrera, Padraig Harrington, Geoff Ogilvy, Lee Westwood, Lucas Glover, Rory McIlroy and three-time winner Vijay Singh. . . . Couples, the 2003 winner on the adjacent Members Course, is making his third PGA Tour start of the season. Last week in the Dominican Republic, the 50-year-old won his third straight Champions Tour title. He closed with a course-record 10-under 62. . . . Mickelson is winless in six starts this season.

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Champions Tour

Next event: Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, April 16-18, TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, Fla.

Last week: Fred Couples won his third straight Champions Tour start, closing with a course-record 10-under 62 for a two-stroke victory over Corey Pavin in the Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic. Couples is the first player in Champions Tour history to win three of his first four career tournaments.

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