Gal leads by 1 in Naples

4:10 PM, Nov 21, 2013   |    comments
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Naples, FL ( - Sandra Gal opened with six consecutive birdies on Thursday en route to shooting an 8-under 64 and grabbing a 1-stroke lead at the CME Group Titleholders.

Gal, the 2011 Kia Classic winner, collected just three top-10 finishes this season.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham birdied the last for a 7-under 65, which left her alone in second place at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

Lexi Thompson carded a 6-under 66 to grab a share of third place. She was joined there by Anna Nordqvist and Shanshan Feng, who holed out for eagle on No. 9, her final hole.

Sandra Changkija is alone in sixth place after a 5-under 67. World No. 1 Inbee Park headlines a group of six players that are tied for seventh at minus-4.

Lydia Ko, who is making her professional debut at this event, managed a 1- under 71 and is tied for 30th after one round. Among those Ko is tied with is defending champion Na Yeon Choi, who had four birdies on the front nine and three bogeys on the back nine for her 71.


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