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March 29 2012

9:47 PM

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By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM

HOUSTON — The first round of the Shell Houston Open is under way and we'll have updates throughout the day at Redstone Golf Club. Let us know what you think by leaving leaving your comments below.

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5:47 p.m. – Tournament officials have decided to resume the first round at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 local) after the course absorbed 1.25 inches of rain. A total of 51 players had finished their rounds prior to the suspension of play at 2:27 p.m. ET. This is the fifth TOUR event to experience a rain delay this season.

4:49 p.m. -- The last time Carl Pettersson opened with a 65, he tied for second at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He'd missed his last two cuts, though, and came to Houston searching a bit. He made a couple of adjustments earlier this week, though, and came out much more confident during Thursday's first round. 

"I changed my set-up a little bit," Pettersson said. "Opened up my stance and enabled my left hip to really fire through the ball, and I play my best when my club really exits left through the ball.  So, it was as easy as that, I was playing with an open stance and firing my left hip through the ball."

4:01 p.m. – Here are some of the players’ tweets about the weather:

@mark_andersonsc “Raining. Lightning. Flooding. And cold here in the locker room here at the @ShellHouOpen.”

@Y.E._Yang “Thunder and lightning right over our heads. Good to finish early. pic.twitter.com/jdv9shsR

@K_Kisner “Pouring here, mud ball city coming up! It will probably be playing short tom as well!”

@WestwoodLee Might have got on the right side of the draw this week too. Play suspended this afternoon . Gym time for me.

3 p.m. – Last week’s runner-up Graeme McDowell kept a sense of humor about the double bogey he made on the par-4 12th, which was his third hole of the day. After shooting 4 under on his next 15 holes to finish with a 70, the jocular Northern Irishman tweeted: “Discovered today that balls don't always bounce back off camera towers to 6 feet. Try 30 yards right angles into the aqua. #oops #double #fb”

2:27 p.m. – Play has been suspended due to rain and lightning in the area.

2:23 p.m. – The featured group is on the course and all three players – Phil Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel and Fred Couples – are 1 under through three holes. Click here to follow the course on ShotTracker.

2:11 p.m. – Angel Cabrera made a 22-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to tie Carl Pettersson for the lead. The Argentine, whose nickname is “The Duck,” didn’t make a bogey in shooting his 65. The round is his  low of the season – Cabrera has missed the cut in four of his five previous starts.

1:35 p.m. – Local favorite Jeff Maggert turned in a bogey-free 66 to finish one stroke off the pace set by Carl Pettersson. The 48-year-old Texas A&M product has missed his last five cuts but started the season out with a tie for 13th in Hawaii and solo fifth at the Humana Challenge.

1:02 p.m. – Bud Cauley, the rookie who is coming off a tie for fourth at Bay Hill last week, was the first player among the leaders to post a score. He’s finished at 67 which leaves him three shots behind Carl Pettersson, who has completed 15 holes.

12:43 p.m. – Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champ, is 5 under through 12 holes and tied for second with TOUR rookies Bud Cauley and Brian Harmon. Cabrera has never won the Shell Houston Open – in fact both his TOUR wins are majors – but he is well acquainted with Houston since his instructor, Charlie Epps, is based there.

12:19 p.m. – Tip of the cap — a new blue KPMG cap with a cause — to defending SHO champ Phil Mickelson. Mickelson will debut the cap this week to help launch “Blue for Books” a nationwide charitable initiative from Mickelson and KPMG which will put thousands of books into the hands of children with need. The sale of the blue caps will support KPMG’s Family for Literacy project. Hats can be purchased at www.PhilsBlueHat.com with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the project.

To launch the project, KPMG provided 1,500 new books to the YMCA’s Willow Creek Center Wednesday in Houston.

12:01 p.m. – Johnson Wagner, the 2008 Shell Houston Open champ, just made the turn and birdied the first hole to get to 4 under. He’s tied for second with five others, now two shots off Carl Pettersson’s lead. Johnson leads the FedExCup by two points over Rory McIlroy.

11:30 a.m. – Five birdies on the front nine have propelled Carl Pettersson into the sole possession of the lead at the Shell Houston Open. In eight previous rounds on the Tournament Course, he’s never broken 70.

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