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Sandra Gal copes with the wind and builds a 3-shot lead at LPGA Tour finale

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    Sandra Gal, of Germany, sinks a birdie putt on the 9th green to finish the day 8-under par in the first round of the LPGA CME Group Titleholders at the Tiburon Golf Club on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Naples, Fla. Gal finished the first round leading the pack. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, David Albers) FORT MYERS OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Sixteen-year-old Lydia Ko, from New Zealand watches her ball from the first tee in the first round of the LPGA CME Group Titleholders at the Tiburon Golf Club on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Naples, Fla. The event is Ko's debut as a professional golfer. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, David Albers) (The Associated Press)

Sandra Gal handled the wind and built a three-shot lead going into the weekend of the LPGA Titleholders.

A strong, steady wind at Tiburon Golf Club kept everybody in the mix at the final LPGA Tour event of the year. Gal pulled away with three birdies on the back nine for a 3-under 69. She had a three-shot lead over former Kraft Nabisco champion Sun Young Yoo, who had a 68. Cristie Kerr was among those five shots behind.

Gal was at 11-under 133. At stake this weekend is $700,000 to the winner, the largest payoff in women's golf. That would amount to one-third of Gal's career earnings.

Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old from New Zealand making her pro debut, had another 71 and was nine shots out of the lead.