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Golf: Thompson cruises as Wie falls short

US teenager Lexi Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday to deny Michelle Wie the win she was seeking to snap a four-year winless drought on the USLPGA Tour. The 19-year-old Thompson fired a closing four-under 68 for a 14-under par total of 274. That gave her a three-stroke win over fellow American Wie who finished with three bogeys in the final round en route to a one-under 71. Thompson, who is 19 years, one month and 27 days, becomes just the second youngest to win a women's major championship.

Golf: Thompson cruises as Wie falls short

Teenager Lexi Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday to deny Michelle Wie the win she was seeking to snap an almost four-year winless drought on the USLPGA Tour. The 19-year-old American Thompson fired a closing four-under 68 for a 14-under par total of 274 in the US tour's first major of the season. That gave her a three-stroke win over Wie, who finished with three bogeys in the final round en route to a one-under 71.

Golf: Kuchar grabs four-shot Houston Open lead

Matt Kuchar fired a four-under par 68 on Saturday to take a four-shot lead into the final round of the US PGA Tour Houston Open, last warm-up for the Masters. Kuchar's effort included six birdies and two bogeys, and gave him a 15-under total of 201. He was four strokes in front of overnight leader Sergio Garcia, who settled for a one-over 73 and was joined on 205 by Cameron Tringale, who posted a 69. Australia's Matt Johnson was alone in fourth after a 71 for 207.

Golf: Garcia grabs second-round lead at Houston Open

Spain's Sergio Garcia had five birdies and an eagle en route to a seven-under 65 on Friday to vault into a one-shot lead after the second round of the Houston Open. Garcia, who matched the low round of the week, completed 36 holes at 12-under-par 132. "When I look at today, I thought if I am able to shoot three, four under I will be happy," said Garcia, who won the Qatar Masters in January. "To be able to shoot seven-under in those conditions was really, really nice."

Sergio Garcia shoots 65 to lead Houston Open

(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia served up another reminder that he is back in top form heading to the Masters when he took a big second round lead at the $6.4 million Houston Open on Friday. The Spaniard was in control of all facets of his game as he reeled off an eagle and five birdies for a seven-under-par 65 in breezy morning conditions at the Golf Club of Houston.

Golf: Horsey, Warren share lead in Cadiz gloom

England's David Horsey and Marc Warren of Scotland shared a one-shot lead at the Cadiz Open on Friday but 45 players were unable to finish their second rounds after play was halted due to bad light. A lengthy delay for rain on Thursday had already meant half the field had to complete their first rounds in the morning and the knock-on effect played further havoc with the schedule. Warren, who had completed a level par 72 in the delayed first round, then went out and fired 67 to set the clubhouse target at five under par.

Golf: Doherty thrives in Cadiz rain and wind

Jack Doherty, who only made it out of qualifying school at the 12th attempt last year, carved out a one-shot lead on the rain-hit first day of the Cadiz Open on Thursday. The 31-year-old Scot shrugged off a two-and-a-half hour delay to card five birdies and two bogeys. That form gave the former Australian Amateur Champion a three-under par 69 for a one shot lead over Welshman Bradley Dredge. "It was a tough day," said Doherty, who has made just one cut all year, finishing joint 63rd in the Tshwane Open.

Golf: Aussie Bowditch holds on to capture Texas Open

Australia's Steven Bowditch claimed his maiden win on the US PGA tour on Sunday, carding a four-over 76 for a one-shot victory in the Texas Open. The 30-year-old Bowditch tapped in a short bogey putt on the par-five 18th to seal the win over runners-up Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays. The victory earns him a trip to the Masters where his Aussie compatriot Adam Scott is the defending champion.

Golf: Kerr seizes share of Kia Classic lead

Cristie Kerr drained two birdies in her first six holes en route to a two-under 70 to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the Kia Classic on Saturday. Lizette Salas is the co-leader with fellow American Kerr after posting a three-under 69 to reach 10-under 206 in the LPGA Tour event at the Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California. Salas is seeking her first win on the American Tour. "I have been hitting it pretty fine. I am an adrenaline player, once I get it going I get confident," said veteran Kerr, who is aiming for her 17th US title.

Golf: Aussie Bowditch leads Texas Open, Mickelson withdraws

Australia's Steven Bowditch scrambled for a four-under 68 on Saturday to stretch his lead to three strokes going into the final round of the US PGA Tour's Texas Open. Bowditch, who is seeking a first US tour title, had a 54-hole total of 12-under par 204. He was three strokes in front of Americans Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe. Kuchar fired a seven-under 65, the low round of the day, for 207. Loupe could have had sole possession of second place, but bogeyed his last hole for a two-under 70.
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