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Kim shatters LPGA record

 

South Korea's Kim Sei-young smashed the LPGA's tournament scoring record on Sunday when she triumphed in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wisconsin by the huge margin of nine strokes.

The super-hot Kim fired a final round 7-under 65 to close with an even huger 31-under 257 that totally eclipsed the previous LPGA 72-hole record of 27-under par set by legendary Annika Sorenstam at the 2001 Standard Register Ping and later tied by Kim herself at the 2016 JTBC Founders Cup.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda matched the low score of the day with a 64 to finish in second place at 22-under 266.

And Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (67), American Emma Talley (67) and a second Korean, Amy Yang, (68) tied for 3rd, all of 11 shots off the pace.

When the rampant Kim teed off in the final round with a whopping eight-shot lead, the question wasn't so much whether she could go on to win, but rather whether she could break Sorenstam's record.

And this, of course, she did in no uncertain terms. After birdieing the first hole she never again looked like losing as she wrapped up an extraordinary performance that saw her post 31 birdies and an eagle in the four rounds while only giving away a solitary double bogey at No 17 on Friday.

Her 32 under-par holes also set a second record; That of the 30-under par holes made by Americans Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar, and Lexi Thompson, each in the 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Over the four rounds, Kim hit 43 of 56 fairways, 67 of 72 greens in regulation and needed to make only 115 putts in this magnificent, possibly once in a lifetime performance.

She has still to win her first major, but her victory was her 7th on the LPGA Tour and her first since her capture of the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in 2017 and gives her the distinction along with Canadian Brook Henderson of being one of only two players to have registered LPGA wins in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

LEADING FINAL SCORES
(Par 72)

257 Kim Sei-young (KOR) 63 65 64 65
266 Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 65 70 67 64
268 Emma Talley (USA) 65 68 68 67, Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 67 67 67 67, Amy Yang (KOR) 67 66 67 68
270 Bronte Law (ENG) 67 68 68 67
271 Chien Peiyun (TPE) 65 75 67 64, Maria Torres (PUR) 67 69 69 66, Georgia Hall (ENG) 66 69 70 66, Dani Holmqvist (SWE) 66 69 70 66, Ko Jin young (KOR) 68 67 69 67, Chella Choi (KOR) 68 66 69 68, Jodi Ewart Shadoff (ENG) 66 69 67 69, Brittany Marchand (CAN) 64 72 66 69
272 Maria Stackhouse 66 67 71 68, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DEN) 72 68 63 69, Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 66 69 68 69, Sandra Gal (GER) 65 70 68 69, Chun In gee (KOR) 67 66 70 69
273 Benyapa Niphatsophon (THA) 69 71 68 65, Giulia Molinaro (ITA) 68 70 67 68, Katherine Kirk (AUS) 62 71 69 71
274 Austin Ernst 65 71 71 67, Brooke Henderson (CAN) 65 75 66 68, Minjee Lee (AUS) 68 69 69 68, Lindy Duncan 67 70 69 68, Liu Yu (CHN) 69 63 70 72, Lydia Ko (NZL) 69 66 66 73

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.