CME Group Titleholders Second Round Recap

Sandra Gal
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Sandra Gal of Germany acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole during the second round of the CME Group Titleholders at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

Rolex Rankings No. 52 Sandra Gal extended her lead at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders to three shots after a 3-under 69 in the second round on Friday. Gal’s two-day total of 11-under 133 leads South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo. Yoo carded back-to-back rounds of 68 and sits in solo second at 8-under par. A trio of players is in a tie for third at 6-under par including Americans Cristie Kerr and Gerina Piller and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum.

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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