This weekend, Sandra Gal provided her fans with a health update in the form an Instagram video. The 35-year-old German native announced that she will be extending her medical leave of absence in the hopes of getting her energy levels and nervous system back in shape.
Gal has suffered from the lingering effects of Lyme disease, which first manifested in 2018. Gal took her first medical leave in August of 2019 in an attempt to regain her strength and stamina. She played in five events in 2020, beginning at the Women’s Scottish Open in August and ending at the Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging in Tampa, Florida near her American home.
Through 2021, she played in three events and failed to make a cut.
In the video, which she shot from beautiful Sequoia National Park in California, the winner of the 2011 Kia Classic and two-time member of the European Solheim Cup Team said, “After the few events that I played last year, the COVID year, and in the three events that I played this year, I felt that my energy levels still were not where they should be. And I continue to not sleep very well.
“There is a level of stress that is not healthy for me to compete with at the moment,” Gal said. “So, I decided to take time away to heal and get my nervous system back to where it should be.”