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April 4, 2013

Yani Tseng relaxed, set for Kraft Nabisco

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. —

“It’s been chaos is what it’s been,” Lewis said. “I think with all the requests and all the attention, I expected it, but it was a little bit overwhelming. I was glad we had a week off last week and just got away and took some time off and really just cleared my head. Coming back this week I feel really relaxed.”

Lewis won the 2011 tournament for her first LPGA Tour title, beating second-place Tseng by three strokes. The 28-year-old Texan watched Tseng struggle with the pressure of being No. 1 and hopes to avoid the setbacks that plagued her friendly rival.

“I just have to keep worrying about myself and keep doing what I’m doing,” Lewis said. “Talking to my mom, I said, ‘I’m going to be the same person that I was before. I’m going to do the same things, because what I’m doing is working, so there is no reason to get to this point and change everything. I’m still the same person. I’m still going to work hard every day. That’s not going to change.”’

New Zealand amateur star Lydia Ko is making her first start in the event.

“It’s really good to be up here,” said Ko, also the U.S. Women’s Amateur winner last summer. “I played the course a couple times and it’s in really good form. This tournament, it’s a major and the world’s greatest players are here. I’m very fortunate to be out here.”

Tseng showed up on time for her pro-am round Tuesday, and could afford to sleep late without fear Thursday with a 1:14 p.m. tee time.

“So many people have given me alarm clocks,” Tseng said. “But a few days ago, I set it off like 10 times. Everything was good. My phone was working. My alarm clock is working, so everything’s ready to go.”

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