Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kim Sei-Young's 31-under score smashes LPGA record

Kim Sei-Young's 31-under score smashes LPGA record

Sei Young Kim completed a virtuoso four-day performance at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a Sunday 7-under, 65 to win by nine shots.

Ko started the final day at Thornberry Creek in Wisconsin, if not with high hopes of catching runaway leader Kim, certainly with ambitions of a high-end finish to continue her promising recent form. The previous LPGA 72-hole record was 27 under par, set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2001 Standard Register Ping and tied by Kim herself at the 2016 JTBC Founders Cup.

In the final round, Kim will be trying to break the 72-hole record of 27 under that she shares with Sorenstam.

The only blemish for Kim all week was a double bogey in the second round Friday. "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.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda (64) was second at 22 under while Anna Nordqvist and Emma Talley (both 67) and Amy Yang (68) finished joint third at 20 under.

Defending champion Katherine Kirk, who has been unable to follow up on her 10-under 62 from Thursday, is one of five players at 14 under. Sam Saunders lost out with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes to miss by one. It's pretty exciting to watch, really.

"It's insane", Kim said.

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In case there was any question mark about Kim's control of this event she soon put it to bed with an eagle at her 3rd hole and an outward nine of 33 before all but putting the result of the event to rest with a homeward nine of 31.

After the presentation on the 18th green, Kim eventually made her way into the media center for the post-tournament press conference.

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

"Just trust yourself", she said. But she dropped two shots at the par-five 15th when she hit one ball in the water and another into a hazard.

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"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.

The affable Kim is the 17th different player to win during the 2018 season and is the sixth player from Korea to win.

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