Kim sets LPGA mark with 31-under total at Thornberry

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

Sei Young Kim has broken the previous 72-hole scoring record on the Tour, with a nine-shot win at the LPGA Classic in Wisconsin.

Kim closed with a seven-under-par 65 for a nine-shot victory to break the record she had shared with Annika Sorenstam. She finished at 31-under, 257 to shatter the 72-hole scoring record, which she previously owned along with Annika Sorenstam, who totaled a 27-under in 2001.

She also set the 72-hole scoring record at 257, finishing with a par to break the mark by one shot.

"After the Founders Cup, I got new goals", she said.

"I thought about, 'How do you handle nerves today?' 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". But after the major tournament, I realized, 'OK, I can do that.' If I imagine, it comes true.

Sealing her seventh win on the LPGA Tour seems to have been easy for Kim, who entered the final round with an eight-shot lead after matching Sorenstam's 54-hole record.

Spain's Carlotta Ciganda came in second at 22 under after shooting a 64, while Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley and Amy Yang tied for third place on 20 under. Hee Young Park won a playoff after she and Angela Stanford each finished at 258 in the Manulife Classic in Canada in 2013 (par 71), while Karen Stupples shot 258 at the Welch's/Fry's Championship in Arizona in 2004 (par 70). The only blemish of her round was a double bogey on 18.

She started the day with a four-shot lead and after kick-starting her round with an eagle at the par-five third she moved to 24-under for the tournament with a string of four straight birdies from the 13th through the 16th. "She had a heck of a week and I'm really excited for her". She's a great player.

Ayako Uehara, who birdied seven times and opened three shots off the pace with a 65 on Thursday, carded a final-round 69 and finished tied for 47th at 278.

"I'm just happy for her". She began the back nine with another birdie when her wedge from about 100 yards stopped a few feet from the hole, and she became the first to reach 30 under by making a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th.

"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.

Kim, 25, played the finest four round stretch in the history of the LPGA and shot 63-65-64-65.

Kim and Brooke Henderson are the only players to have registered LPGA wins in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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