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Sandra Gal (born 9 May 1985) is a German professional golfer who currently plays on the United States–based LPGA Tour.

Sandra Gal
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Gal at the 2015 Kingsmill Championship
Personal information
Born (1985-05-09) 9 May 1985 (age 33)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality Germany
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Career
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional2007
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 2008)
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT15: 2011
Women's PGA C'ship12th/T12: 2012, 2015
U.S. Women's Open3rd: 2012
Women's British OpenT25: 2013
Evian ChampionshipT14: 2017

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Childhood, college and amateur careerEdit

Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, Gal began playing golf at age five during family vacations to golf resorts around Europe.[1] At age 17 she joined the German National Team and at 18 won the German National Girls Championship. She graduated from high school in 2004.

While still competing on the German National Team, Gal attended college in the United States at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She played for the Florida Gators women's golf team from 2005 to 2007 and won four events in NCAA competition, received First Team All-American honors in 2007, and was an NGCA Academic All-American from 2005 to 2008.[2][3]

In 2007, she won the Ladies European Amateur, and later that fall, entered the LPGA Qualifying Tournament where she qualified for the LPGA Tour for 2008 and immediately turned pro. Although by turning pro she could no longer participate in collegiate golf, she completed her degree requirements while playing full-time on the LPGA Tour and graduated with honors from Florida in August 2008 with a bachelor's degree in advertising.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Gal tied for 14th in the 2007 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn full playing privileges on the LPGA in 2008; she turned professional immediately following the tournament.[3]

In her fourth season on the LPGA Tour in 2011, Gal won her first event at the Kia Classic in late March. She finished the 72-hole event at 16-under-par, one stroke ahead of runner-up Jiyai Shin[4] Previously her best finish had been fifth at the 2009 LPGA Corning Classic. Also in 2009, she recorded two career-low rounds of 64.[3]

Gal was a member of the winning European Solheim Cup Team in 2011 and also played on the European Solheim Cup Team in 2015.

In 2016, Gal participated at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she finished in the position of T25.

Coaching staffEdit

Gal's swing coach is Mitchell Spearman and her fitness coach is the fitness trainer of the National Golf Team Germany, Christian Marysko. Beginning in September 2016, her new caddie is Oliver Brett.[5]

Professional wins (1)Edit

LPGA Tour (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 27 Mar 2011 Kia Classic 67-68-70-71=276 –16 1 stroke   Jiyai Shin 255,000

Results in LPGA majorsEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2018.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ANA Inspiration DNP DNP DNP CUT T34 T15 T38 CUT T34 T46 CUT CUT T48
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP DNP T40 51 T34 3 CUT T22 CUT CUT T27 CUT
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP T56 T49 CUT CUT T12 CUT T22 12 T30 CUT T40
Women's British Open DNP DNP CUT T33 CUT T54 CUT T25 CUT T36 T47 T49 T22
The Evian Championship ^ T19 T32 T50 T64 T14 T37

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 6
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 1 1 1 2 11 6
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 7
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 7
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 6
Totals 0 0 1 1 1 10 49 32
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2011 U.S. Open – 2012 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

LPGA Tour career summaryEdit

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 1 0 0 0 0 0 CUT n/a 78.00
2008 22 17 0 0 0 0 T14 181,162 68 72.03 40
2009 23 17 0 0 0 2 T5 298,763 46 72.12 41
2010 22 15 0 0 0 0 T11 106,388 67 73.39 94
2011 20 17 1 1 0 5 1 623,526 20 71.64 19
2012 26 23 0 0 1 2 3 574,323 25 71.80 32
2013 25 20 0 0 0 4 4 420,137 35 71.25 25
2014 27 20 0 0 0 5 T5 504,518 36 71.27 21
2015 27 26 0 0 0 3 T5 531,961 30 71.17 17
2016 26 20 0 0 0 2 T4 306,799 62 71.71 56
2017 27 18 0 0 0 2 T7 318,529 59 71.79 80
2018 25 17 0 0 1 3 T3 373,846 58 71.28 39
  • official through 2018 season[6]

World rankingEdit

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2007 694 [7]
2008 124 [8]
2009 73 [9]
2010 124 [10]
2011 41 [11]
2012 33 [12]
2013 45 [13]
2014 50 [14]
2015 47 [15]
2016 77 [16]
2017 93 [17]

Team appearancesEdit

Professional

Solheim Cup recordEdit

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 7 2–3–2 0–2–0 2–0–0 0–1–2 3.0 42.9
2011 3 0–2–1 0–1–0 lost to B. Lang 6&5 0–0–0 0–1–1 halved with C. Matthew,
lost w/ C. Boeljon 2&1
0.5 16.7
2015 4 2–1–1 0–1–0 lost to P. Creamer 4&3 2–0–0 won w/ C. Matthew 3&2,
won w/ C. Matthew 1 up
0–0–1 halved w/ C. Masson 2.5 62.5

Olympic games participationEdit

Year Country Score Final
position
2016 Brazil 71-74-69-69=283 T25

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b SandraGal.com, Sandra Gal Official Web Site Biography Archived 2011-03-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Sandra Gal: Gainesville Was the Right Place to Call Home," GatorZone.com (11 December 2007). Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c LPGA.com, LPGA Official Biography Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  4. ^ "2011 Kia Classic - Final Tournament Summary". LPGA.com. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Sandra Gal – Official Website". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Sandra Gal stats". LPGA. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2008.
  9. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 29 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 27 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 29 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 26 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 December 2017.

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