Gal leads LPGA Titleholders

Sandra Gal got off to a sizzling start en route to an eight-under-par 64 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the LPGA Titleholders.

German golfer Sandra Gal reacts during the Evian Championship Tournament on September 14, 2013 in Evian-les-Bains, in the French Alps

Germany's Gal teed off on the 10th hole at Tiburon Golf Club and reeled off six straight birdies to open her round.

After her lone bogey of the day on the par-three fifth, she bounced back with birdies at six, eight and nine to take a one-stroke lead over Canada's Rebecca Lee-Bentham.

Lee-Bentham also teed off on 10, opening with back-to-back birdies. She added two more birdies at 13 and 14 and another brace at 17 and 18 before her only bogey of the day at the second.

She made two more birdies coming home, including a closing birdie at the par-four ninth that gave her sole possession of second place ahead of Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, China's Feng Shanshan and US teenager Lexi Thompson.

Feng holed out for eagle at her last hole, the ninth, to grab her share of third on 66.

American Sandra Changkija was alone in sixth place after a 67, while world number one Park In-Bee headed a group of six players sharing seventh on four-under 68.

New Zealand's 16-year-old Lydia Ko, who is making her professional debut at this final event of the 2013 season, carded a one-under-par 71 that put her tied for 30th in a group that also included defending champion Choi Na-Yeon of South Korea.

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