Gal moves three shots clear in Florida

Sandra Gal extended her lead to three shots on day two of the LPGA Titleholders Championship in Naples, Florida.

Sandra Gal of Germany

The German equalled the course record with a 64 on Thursday and while her second round scoring was not quite as spectacular she still registered a 69 to leave her three clear of Korea's Sun Young Yoo.

Gal recorded five birdies and two bogeys as she moved to 11 under for the tournament while Rebecca Lee-Bentham, who had been just a shot back overnight, fired a disappointing 76 that included a double bogey on the ninth.

Yoo was far more consistent as she fired a flawless second consecutive 68 to keep her two clear of the chasing pack.

American Gerina Piller played the low round of the day as her blemish-free 67 saw her move to six under alongside fellow American Cristie Kerr and Thai player Pornanong Phatlum.

Morgan Pressel, Anna Nordqvist and Hee Young Park were all a further shot back, one clear of a large group including world number one Inbee Park and American Solheim Cup players Lexi Thompson and Natalie Gulbis.

Further down the leaderboard, eyes were on 16-year-old Lydia Ko, the Seoul-born teenager who was making her bow as a professional after announcing last month that she would be leaving the amateur ranks where she enjoyed great success.

The New Zealander was the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event and the youngest ever to win an LPGA Tour event.

And she recorded a second consecutive 71 to sit two under alongside Michelle Wie.



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