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Weather stops play in Texas with Cabrera, Pettersson in lead

Thu 29th, March 2012

Humble, TX (Sports Network) - Angel Cabrera and Carl Pettersson fired seven- under 65s on Thursday before inclement weather halted the first round at the Houston Open.

A big storm dumped more than an inch of rain on the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club and caused a long delay. Play was stopped for over three hours before officials called play for the day.

The first round will resume Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Cabrera's two PGA Tour wins were both majors. He won the 2007 U.S. Open, then claimed the 2009 Masters. Pettersson is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, with his last title coming at the 2010 Canadian Open.

Jeff Maggert, who lives nearby at The Woodlands, and Ricky Barnes are one stroke off the lead at minus-six. Jim Herman also stands at six-under, but completed only 15 holes.

PGA Champion Keegan Bradley carded a five-under 67. He was joined in sixth place by James Driscoll and Bud Cauley. Graham DeLaet also stands at minus- five and has a three-foot par putt on the ninth, his last, when play resumes on Friday.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson was one-under par through three holes. His two playing partners -- 2003 winner Fred Couples and reigning Masters champion Charl Schwartzel -- are also one-under after three.

Cabrera, who teed off two groups after Pettersson, opened with a birdie on the first. He went on to birdie the fourth, sixth and eighth to move up the leaderboard.

The Argentine parred three in a row from the ninth. He rolled in a birdie effort on the 12th and came right back with a birdie on No. 13. Cabrera parred four straight before draining a 22-foot birdie effort at the last.

Pettersson flew out of the gate with birdies on three of the first four holes. He also birdied the sixth and eighth to make the turn at five-under.

The Swede birdied the 11th after pair of pars. He parred 12 and 13, then converted back-to-back birdie efforts from the 14th.

Those birdies put Pettersson atop the leaderboard at minus-eight. However, he tripped to a bogey on the par-four 17th to dip back into a share of the lead.

"I got off to a great start. I think I was four-under through five or something like that and kept it going and got it eight-under, a little disappointing bogeying 17, but gave myself a great chance on 18 and didn't make it," said Pettersson. "Happy with seven-under."

The good rounds were surprising for both leaders. Cabrera has missed the cut in four of his five starts this year, and has broken par in just four of 13 rounds. He carded three 69s at the Puerto Rico Open.

Pettersson got off to a nice start to the year as he shared second at the Hawaii Open. Since then, his best finish is a tie for 33rd in Phoenix and he has missed the cut in his last two events.

"My iron play was poor. I played terrible the last two weeks," Pettersson said of his last two events.

NOTES: In two of the last three years, this event was decided in a playoff...Only one first-round leader has gone on to win this season, and that was George McNeill at the Puerto Rico Open.

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