Sei Young Kim sets record low by going 31 under

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

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. She would tack on three more birdies including a 12-footer on 17, one of the toughest holes on the course, and finished at 22-under.

The 21-year-old Kiwi had teed off on Monday (NZT) in a share of third on 15 under - nine shots behind the Korean - but never came to grips with things over the final round as she posted a one-over 73 to fade to a tie for 23rd.

She also broke the record for fewest strokes over 72 holes of 258, achieved by Karen Stupples in 2004 and matched by Angela Stanford and Park Hee-Young in 2013.

Kim closed with a 7-under-par 65, leaving her at 31-under 257 for the tournament. Kim won the 2016 Founders Cup at 27 under, while Sorenstam won the 2001 Standard Register Ping at 27 under, the tournament Sorenstam shot 59.

The result never looked in doubt as Kim began Sunday's round with an eight-shot lead, and it proved to be the case as she tore up the course for the fourth successive round.

The only blemish for Kim all week at Thornberry Creek at Oneida was a double bogey in the second round Friday. "Even if I break it, I'll keep (making) the challenges higher". During the final round, Kim showed outstanding accuracy with her iron shots, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 94.4. "But after two years ago at JTBC, I shot a 27-under; that tied the record with Annika Sorenstam". In the men's PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth and Ernie Els are the only two golfers to finish a 72-hole event at 30-under or better.

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When defending champion Katherine Kirk opened the 2nd annual Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a mind blowing 10 under par 62, the question on everyone's mind was how low can these women go?

Carlota Ciganda of Spain lost a ball and made double bogey on the 18th hole but still shot a 64 to finish alone in second, nine shots behind. 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.

Knox closed with a 6-under 66 to set the clubhouse target at 14-under par. "Lots of birdies; lots of good shots".

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 theist four seasons.

"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.

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