RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (Kyodo) Ai Miyazato will play the first two rounds of this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship with Brittany Lincicome of the United States as the pairings were announced Tuesday.

Miyazato will tee off Thursday at the first LPGA Tour major of the season on the 10th hole with 2009 champion Lincicome, while compatriot Mika Miyazato has been drawn with Kim Song Hee of South Korea.

Chie Arimura, who placed ninth for the best finish among Japanese players in last year’s event, will go round with Japan-based South Korean Jeon Mi Jeong and Momoko Ueda is paired with England’s Karen Stupples.

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