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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Suzann Pettersen makes most of her experience

By Melissa Isaacson

Suzann Pettersen
Suzann Pettersen was one of only two golfers in the morning group to finish her round without a bogey.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- You could hardly blame Suzann Pettersen for feeling this way.

"I'm getting old," she said.

But Pettersen, who turns 32 Sunday, the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, was not talking about her age.

Rather, Pettersen was talking about experience. Specifically, her experience here, where she is a three-time runner-up and was co-leader at 4-under-par 68 after the first round Thursday.

"I hope I know what I'm doing," Pettersen said when asked about Friday and possibly the weekend. "It's really just try and go out there and literally try to enjoy it, which is probably the hardest thing for me.

"I'll never forget when Kathy Whitworth came up to me, I think it was in '09, and she shook my hand and said don't ever let the passion get in my way. It's really spot on. I just need to get up there and hit the shots that I'm seeing."

Ranked eighth in the world, Norway's Pettersen, third on the tour in greens in regulation, did not make a bogey Thursday. Only one other golfer, her playing partner and co-leader Na Yeon Choi, shared the distinction in the morning group.

"We weren't even close to making one," Pettersen said. "We played solid, both of us."