Korea's Sei Young Kim equalled the 54 hole LPGA Tour scoring record when adding yet another stunning round at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin, opening up an eight shot lead over her fellow countrywoman Amy Yang in the process.
Kim won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday local time with a final score of 31-under 257. Kim had a four-day score of 27-under at the 2016 JTBC Founders Cup, while Sorenstam posted that same score at the 2001 Standard Register Ping in Phoenix.
It wrapped up an unbelievable week that saw Kim record 31 birdies and one eagle, while she hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation. Her only blemish all week came in round two, when she made a double bogey at the 17th. "I did today, so I'm very happy with another good round". But after the major tournament, I realized, 'OK, I can do that.' If I imagine, it comes true.
Kim began the final round with an 8 shot lead and wound up winning by nine in collecting the unique Sky Woman trophy.
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.
"Sei Young was playing unbelievably", said Ciganda, who notched her best result since 2016. 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. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win".
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The Thornberry first-place check of $300,000 pushed Kim's career earnings past $5 million, making her the 61st player to reach that plateau in LPGA history.
But she dropped shots on eighth and ninth before a stretch of pars.
The win was the seventh of Kim's LPGA career, her first since she captured the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in May 2017.
During her first season on the LPGA Tour, Kim won three tournaments to earn the Tour's Rookie of the Year award. After that, I wanted to... really wanted the course record.
England's Bronte Law finished alone in 6th at -18 which included a birdie on the 18th.