Sandra Gal received a congratulatory message on Facebook from the "The Kaymer Family" after winning the Kia Classic on Sunday.
Gal, 25, grew up in the same part of Germany as Martin Kaymer, the No. 1 player in the world in men’s golf.
"I don't know Martin very well, but I've grown up with him playing junior tournaments, so kind of seeing him succeed, you know it's possible," Gal said.




 

I’ll have a note in a minute about Martin Laird’s victory yesterday, but a remarkable thing happened on the LPGA Tour yesterday. The underdog won. The big underdog won.

 

 




 

Sandra Gal was named the Prudential Rock Solid Performer of the week after her win at the Kia Classic.
Sandra Gal outlasted Rolex Rankings No. 2 Jiyai Shin to earn her first LPGA victory at the Kia Classic. Gal hit a wedge from 83 yards to two feet for birdie on the 18th hole to defeat Shin by a stroke and become the only Rolex First-Time winner of 2011.




 

Sandra Qualifies to play in the CME Group Titleholders tournament







 

Germany's Sandra Gal knocked an approach wedge to about a foot from the hole, a third shot on the par-five 18th that followed one by Jiyai Shin that had drawn a roar from the crowd hit and landed about eight feet from the hole.


 

Sandra Gal won the Kia Classic on Sunday to become the second German winner in LPGA Tour history, beating second-ranked Jiyai Shin with a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
The 25-year-old Gal, a former University of Florida player, made the winning putt after Shin's 5-foot birdie attempt caught the right edge and spun out.

 

Sandra Gal won the Kia Classic on Sunday to become the second German winner in LPGA Tour history, beating second-ranked Jiyai Shin with a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole.



 

Gal is the second German to record a victory on the LPGA Tour. The first was Tina Fischer in 2001. Gal's best career finish prior to her win at the Kia Classic had been a tie for fifth at the LPGA Corning Classic in 2009.






 

Sandra Gal won the Kia Classic to become the second German winner in L.P.G.A. Tour history on Sunday. She beat Jiyai Shin of South Korea with a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole in Industry, Calif. Gal made the winning putt after Shin’s 5-foot birdie attempt caught the right edge and spun out.

 

INDUSTRY, Calif. — Sandra Gal won the Kia Classic on Sunday to become the second German winner in LPGA Tour history, beating second-ranked Jiyai Shin with a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
The 25-year-old Gal, a former University of Florida player, made the winning putt after Shin's 5-foot birdie attempt caught the right edge and spun out.

 

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