Gal, whose only win on Tour came at the 2011 Kia Classic, said she was feeling some nerves to start Firday’s second round holding the lead over one of the Tour’s strongest fields. She said the breezier conditions at Tiburon Golf Club proved to give players more of a challenge on day two.
“I think I was a little nervous in the start but it was also quite tough out there,” said Gal. “It was a lot windier than yesterday so all the holes played really different. It took me a little bit to kind of get used to the conditions and hitting more 3-woods instead of drivers because a lot of the shots were crosswinds or into the wind. So I just was trying to keep the ball down a little bit or straighter, which is easier with a 3-wood. It took me a while to get used to that. As you said, I like the back nine, I think there's more birdie opportunities there and it was nice to just drop a couple putts in the end.”
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park shot even-par 72 on Friday and sits seven shots off the lead in a tie for ninth at 4-under par. Park will receive the Rolex Player of the Year award on Friday night at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort at the Rolex Awards Celebration. Park said she’s used to pressure situations on the course but will be much more nervous giving a speech in front of hundreds of people.
“I mean, this year there were moments they had a lot more pressure than the speech, that's for sure. I'm just trying to enjoy the speech today,” said Park. “I'm sure I'm going to be nervous up there once everybody just looking at me and having the spotlight, I'm sure. Golf, if you make a mistake it's not forgiven, but up there I make a mistake and do it again, that's okay so I guess that makes it easier.”
No. 2 Suzann Pettersen (72-72) and No. 3 Stacy Lewis (71-73) are in a tie for 33rd at even par. No. 5 Lydia Ko shot her second-consecutive round of 71 and is nine shots back in a tie for 23rd.
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