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Kia Classic: Sandra Gal is the new leader

March 26, 2011 |  2:52 pm

Sandra-gal_300 There's a new leader at the LPGA's Kia Classic, with everyone now out on the course for the third round.

Germany's Sandra Gal, a 25-year-old who played college golf at the University of Florida, is one under par through two holes and has moved a shot ahead of second-round leader Jiyai Shin. Shin, who had birdied nine times in the second round and referred to her play at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms as a trip on the "birdie bus," bogeyed the second hole Saturday afternoon.

Gal is now at 12-under for the tournament with Shin a shot behind. I.K Kim of South Korea is one-under for her third round and in third place, four shots behind Gal.

First-round leader Amanda Blumenherst is tied for fourth with Sweden's Anna Nordqvist. Na Yeon Choi of South Korea is making the biggest move of the third round so far. She's five-under through eight holes and tied for sixth at six-under. Also tied for sixth are Chella Choi of South Korea and Mindy Kim, who is from nearby Diamond Bar.

Two pre-tournament favorites, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr, are tied for ninth. Wie is two-under through three holes Saturday afternoon, seven shots behind Gal and Kerr is two-under through four holes of her third round.


Kia Classic leaderboard

Jiyai Shin was on the birdie bus Friday

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Sandra Gal watches her tee shot at No. 2 during the second round of the Kia Classic on Friday. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press