Coming off her first LPGA victory at last week’s Kia Classic, Sandra Gal teed it up at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the season, and basically picked up right where she finished four days ago. Apparently the adrenaline and extra media requests that go along with winning haven’t affected Gal. At least yet. The German, among those that teed off in the morning wave, held the lead for part of the day, firing a five-under 67 at Mission Hills. She’s tied for third after one round.
Gal didn’t prepare as she normally would for a major, but so far, it hasn’t been a problem.
“Obviously, you know, with your first win, you kind of still don’t know what to expect coming into the next week, and all the people that came to me and all the congrats from everyone, which I really appreciate,” said Gal. “It was a lot, and so I probably didn’t prepare as well as I would for a major championship normally. But I’ve played this course — it’s my third time.”
Gal admits to feeling jittery before she teed off on Thursday.
“I was a bit nervous, yes, coming out today, you know, just coming off your first win, but I did kind of feel like I picked up where I left off,” said Gal.
As for Gal possibly playing in the Solheim Cup this year, she’s not a member of the Ladies’ European Tour. However, if she continues her stellar play, the LET can grant Gal membership for “special achievements.”
So I know it’s extremely hot in Palm Desert right now and it appears Sandra shortened her skort for the occasion. I’m sure all you guys enjoyed it! Hey, more power to her — she’s got fantastic legs. But I mean, Sandra’s skort on Thursday practically makes Natalie Gulbis’ look long.
(AP Photos/Chris Carlson)