Sei Young Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

  • Sei Young Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

Sei Young Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

Sei Young Kim completed an historic win at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Sunday, smashing several tour records on her way to a nine-shot victory.

With Kim entering the final round holding an eight-shot lead, the only question was whether she would continue to tear up Thornberry Creek's Legends Championship Course to overtake the LPGA record in relation to par.

After a blemish-free third round, the 25-year-old followed up with another faultless day, mixing 11 pars with seven birdies.

Kim fired an eagle and six birdies in her eight-under par round on the par-72 Thornberry course in Oneida, Wisconsin.

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. But after the major tournament, I realised, 'OK, I can do that.' If I imagine, it comes true.

Carlota Ciganda finished in second at 22-under while Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley and Amy Yang tied for third at 20-under.

Australia's Katherine Kirk started the tournament with a 10-under 62 and has been sub-par every round but finds herself 10 shots behind Kim in a tie for sixth going into the final round after her 69. The 32 holes under par is another record, breaking the mark of 30 set by Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar and Lexi Thompson at the 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Friday. "After I shot 27 under [at the 2016 JTBC Founders Cup to tie Sorenstam's record] I wanted the 72-hole record". "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win". "Then I set my goals, just kept relaxed - except the last three holes I couldn't control the nerves because it was nearly done, but I finished really good". "She had a heck of a week and I'm really excited for her".

Kim carded a second-round 65, which included a double-bogey on the par-three 17th, to be 16 under.

"I had the double-bogey on 17".

Fox, who shot a 68, earned one of three spots to the British Open in two weeks at Carnoustie.

Torres made seven birdies against just one bogey for her 66 on Sunday.

Kim began the final round with an 8 shot lead and wound up winning by nine in collecting the unique Sky Woman trophy.

"I made a really good up and down on 17 and then to stick it close on 18 to give myself an opportunity was great", said Law.

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.