Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

Lydia Ko has plummeted down the leaderboard in a disappointing final day of the LPGA Tour's Thornberry Creek Classic notable for the record-breaking feats of Korea's Sei Young Kim.

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.

That total saw Kim break her own record, shared with Annika Sorenstam, by four shots as she also set the 72-hole scoring record at 257.

Including her final round of 63 at this event past year, 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.

"Front nine, I just couldn't get one to drop, and back nine, hit lots of good putts and, again, nothing happened", Kirk said after her round that included 33 putts. "I did today, so I'm very happy with another good round".

"When I came they told me that you have to shot a low score here, so I tried my best, tried to fire at all the pins and make as many putts as I could", said Ciganda.

Even with an eight shot lead entering the round, Kim never let her foot off the gas pedal. Yang, with a birdie on the final hole for a 68, tied for third at 20 under with Emma Talley and Anna Nordqvist, who each had a 67.

Kirk had led by one after a first-round 62, but she couldn't get it going on the greens Friday and settled for a 71.

"Just trust yourself", she said.

"First hole, my second shot was nearly a tap-in birdie, so (I) started really solid", said Kim, who is seeking a seventh LPGA title. During the final round, Kim showed outstanding accuracy with her iron shots, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 94.4.

Leading by eight to eight to start the day, Kim signalled her intentions with a birdie at the first.

Kim, 25, played the finest four round stretch in the history of the LPGA and shot 63-65-64-65. "It's unbelievable the way she (Sei Young) played".

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

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. In addition, the 17-under marks the first time in her career, amateur, college or professional, that she has finished in double figures.

No one had a chance Sunday.

Kim notched her seventh LPGA victory and her first since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico past year.

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