Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

South Korean Kim Sei-young smashed the LPGA 72-hole scoring record Sunday, winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a stunning 31-under par total.

Kim Sei-young reads the line of her putt during the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Wisconsin on Sunday.

Kim shot her previous record-equaling effort of 27 under at the 2016 Founders Cup, drawing her level with her childhood hero Sorenstam. Through 54 holes, Kim has made 24 birdies, an eagle and her lone mistake of the entire tournament was a double bogey in round two, and she has no bogeys so far.

Including her final round of 63 at this event a year ago, Kim has now played her last 72 holes at Thornberry Creek in 33 under par and her 7th LPGA Tour title now appears but a formality. "I'm very happy. A dream come true".

Victory at Oneida never seemed in doubt for Kim, who collected $300,000 in prize money having held the lead after her second round of 65.

The steady Yang had five birdies without a bogey and was one stroke in front of former world number one Lydia Ko, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and American Emma Talley.

Katherine Kirk, who shot 62 on Thursday to lead after the first round, finished at 15-under in a tie for 20th, a shot better than compatriot Minjee Lee.

"It's unbelievable the way she's playing", Ciganda said of Kim.

For all the birdies, Kim set the LPGA Tour record with a par on the final hole to finish at 257.

There were 31 birdies in Kim's round, also a LPGA record for 72 holes. "It's why I play golf - all the practice days, all the misses, all the bad moments, all are taken care of with putts like that".

Though Kim has earned seven trophies in her four LPGA Tour seasons, she has yet to win a major tournament.

"She's a great player".

But she dropped shots on eighth and ninth before a stretch of pars.

Following a successful first year, Kim notched two additional titles in the 2016 season, and in 2017, she added another win - the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico City.

Kim won for the first time this year and joined Henderson as the only players on the LPGA Tour with at least one victory in each of the last four seasons.

Amy Yang carded a five-under 67 and is alone in second place at 16-under.

I caught up with Talley after her career best finish on tour.

England's Bronte Law (final-round 67) claimed sixth place at 18 under, and eight players tied for seventh at 17 under.

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