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Teeing it up for April 1

PGA Tour

Event: Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m., Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m., NBC.

Last year: Matt Jones of Australia claimed his first pro victory by holing a chip shot from 42 yards on the first playoff hole to beat Matt Kuchar. The then-33-year-old Jones, who played at Arizona State, sank a 46-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to close out a 6-under-par 66 and force the playoff. Kuchar seemed to be headed for victory by posting scores of 66-67-68 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round, but he closed with an even-par 72, making bogeys on two of the last three holes to open the door for Jones. Kuchar hit his tee shot on the final hole of regulation into the water and was fortunate to get up and down for bogey to get into the playoff. He blew a Sunday lead on the back nine for the second straight week, but he holed a bunker shot on the final hole of regulation to win two weeks later in the RBC Heritage.


Event: ANA Inspiration on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, noon-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 5-9 p.m.; on the Golf Channel each day.

Last year: Lexi Thompson captured her first major championship, coasting to a three-stroke victory over Michelle Wie by finishing with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 in what was then the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Thompson, 19 at the time, collected the fourth victory of her career on the LPGA Tour, bouncing back from an opening 73 with scores of 64-69-68. She birdied four of the first nine holes in the final round to open a five-stroke lead and then finished with nine consecutive pars before taking the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond at the 18th hole. Thompson became the second-youngest major winner in LPGA Tour history, behind Morgan Pressel, who was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old when she won in 2007 at Mission Hills.

Champions Tour

Next Event: Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga., April 17-19.

Area Holes in One

• Sean McCrossan, on the 126-yard 17th hole at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with a pitching wedge.