Gal returned to the course early to finish the final nine holes of the rain-delayed second round. She shot a 68 in the round to begin the third a stroke behind Shin.
“I know it was 27 holes, but to be honest I thought it was to my advantage to come out early and get a feel for the course and the conditions,” Gal said. “So, I didn’t quite mind it.”
In the third round, Gal birdied the first hole to tie for the lead, then pulled ahead on No. 2 when Shin made only her third bogey of the tournament. Gal made another birdie on the third hole and kept the lead until the back nine. Shin broke a tie with a two-stroke swing on the par-3 15th, hitting her tee shot to 3 feet to set up a birdie. Gal bogeyed the hole.
Shin also birdied the 17th, but bogeyed 18 after hitting her drive into a pond.
“It was getting dark so I hurried myself a little bit,” Shin said about her drive on 18. “I missed on my timing and hit a big hook.”
Gal also birdied the 17th and finished with a par.
The tournament is the tour’s first in the Los Angeles area in six years.
Shin Ji-yai -15
Sandra Gal -14
Choi Na-yeon -9
Kim In-kyung -8
Anna Nordqvist -7
Mindy Kim -6
A. Blumenherst -6
Michelle Wie -5
Beatriz Recari -5
Juli Inkster -5
P. Mackenzie -5