Where is Sandra Gal from? Germany. And where does the 2015 Solheim Cup take place? Germany.
And that has Gal fired up to be on Team Europe. Look, she's already siccing her dog on American opponents:
In her most recent diary for USA Today, Gal wrote:
I couldn't be more excited for German golf fans to have a chance to see some of the best of women's golf and for me to have a reasonable prospect of making the team. It is an honor to represent Europe and Germany and an even bigger honor to be able to perform in front of my home country, fans, and friends.
She added: "This year, I am going to give everything to be a part of the team."
Sandra writes that she has "a reasonable chance" to make Team Europe after being passed over in 2013. I'd put it in stronger terms - I don't think there's any chance Gal will miss out this time. Not because she's German, although that helps: They'll definitely want a German golfer on the team for a Solheim Cup played in Germany.
But Gal happens to be playing very good golf in 2015. A check of the Solheim Cup standings for Team Europe currently shows Gal nabbing one of the nine automatic qualifying spots.
Sandra rarely plays the Ladies European Tour and so will not qualify via the points list. If she gets an automatic spot, it will be through the world rankings. And Gal is currently the fifth-highest-ranked European in the Rolex Rankings (behind Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist, Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda). Overall, Gal is No. 36 in the world rankings at this time.
Through the early part of the LPGA schedule in 2015, Sandra is 18th on the tour's money list. She's 13th in scoring average - first in eagles and fifth in birdies. She's 13th in putts per GIR and 18th in sand saves.
In six of her 10 LPGA starts in 2015, Sandra has finished in the Top 15. That includes a tie for 13th last week at the North Texas Shootout; a tie for 13th the previous week at the Swinging Skirts; and a tie for sixth place the week before that at the Lotte Championship.