Golfing World News - April 4

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The final PGA Tour event before The Masters, the Shell Houston Open, got underway yesterday and its Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman who lead at 7 under par.

Phil Mickelson showed no signs of his injury worries and is three strokes back on a bunched leaderboard.

The Texas tournament wasn't without a high profile withdrawal however with Dustin Johnson pulling out after carding a round of 80.

The first Major of the season on the women's tour; the Kraft Nabisco Championship, has also started.

Shanshan Feng leads the way at six under, one shot ahead of Michelle Wie and Si Ri Pak.

“Well, I did play with Amy Alcott today. She's won three times here in the past, and after my first drive off the first tee I was asking her, I said, can you tell me the secrets about winning here? Because before this year I never did well here. So she was telling me all the secrets. Well, don't ask me what the secrets are because that's a secret. I'll tell you maybe after we finish Sunday.”

Over to the European Tour and rain wreaked havoc in the opening round of the inaugural NH Collection Open in Cadiz in Spain.

Jack Doherty held the clubhouse lead of 3 under par at the end of Day 1 - but after the start had been delayed for over two and a half hours, many players hadn’t finished their opening rounds.

Home favourite and recent Trophee Hassan II winner Alejandro Cañizares finished level par.

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