Chalk up another title for the Germans


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Sandra Gal received a congratulatory message on Facebook from the “The Kaymer Family” after winning the Kia Classic on Sunday.

Gal, 25, grew up in the same part of Germany as Martin Kaymer, the No. 1 player in the world in men’s golf.

“I don't know Martin very well, but I've grown up with him playing junior tournaments, so kind of seeing him succeed, you know it's possible,” Gal said. “I know he's a great player, so anyone who achieves what he did is definitely an inspiration.”

Gal was asked why German golfers of her generation are emerging now.

“It’s a secret,” Gal said, pausing for effect. “The secret is that there is no secret.”

Gal did say Germany’s national federation of junior golf was instrumental in her development.

About overcoming Sunday pressure to win a duel with Jiyai Shin at Kia, Gal said: 'You would think you would get overwhelmed in that situation. I didn't. It is something I can take with me.'