Inbee Park, of South Korea, watches her tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round at the LPGA "Kraft Nabisco Championship" golf tournament Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (AP)

Shanshan Feng takes early lead in "Kraft Nabisco"


John Nicholson
April 4, 2014 1:02AM (UTC)

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the early lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year.

The 24-year-old Chinese player had seven birdies and a bogey in her morning round in perfect conditions at Mission Hills.

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Feng won the 2012 LPGA Championship to become the tour's first Chinese winner. Last year, she won the Reignwood LPGA in China and the season-ending CME Group Titleholders.

Angel Yin, a 15-year-old high school freshman from the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, shot 68, and Cristie Kerr and Jennifer Rosales were tied for third at 69.

Karrie Webb, a two-time winner this year, was in the afternoon group along with Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie.

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