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Kim sets record; Talley 3rd | Sports General

Kim sets record; Talley 3rd | Sports General

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.

SEI YOUNG KIM destroyed the LPGA Tour scoring record when she won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a staggering total of 257 - 31 under par.

The Thornberry Creek Classic, which is part of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, offers a total of $2 million in prize money.

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. She surpassed her own and Sorenstam's record with a birdie on nine. She had 31 birdies and one eagle, another record for most sub-par holes in a tournament.

The New Zealander took 33 putts for the round and hit only five of 14 fairways and 14 greens in regulation.

Kim was dominant throughout the weekend.

After a brace of birdies at 15 and 16, Kim stumbled with a double bogey at the par-three 17th, but strung together three more birdies on her inward run.

Kim's 36-hole total was a tournament record, four strokes better than Australian Katherine Kirk's halfway total en route to victory past year.




"It's an honor to have my name with Annika's", Kim was quoted as saying after the third round. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win". She's going to break our all-time, 72-hole scoring record pretty easily. 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.

The 72-hole score of 31 under par was not the only an achievement on the LPGA Tour.

It wrapped up an wonderful week that saw Kim record 31 birdies and one eagle, while she hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation.

The cut was four-under-par, one shot off the lowest cut line in LPGA history.

"I never thought about shooting, like, 31-under. I was playing really good golf at KPMG and have just carried it over to this week". "I really feel incredible". "This is a dream come true". Sorenstam won by two shots over Se Ri Pak when she shot her 27 under at Moon Valley at a tournament that no longer exists.

Following a successful first year, Kim notched two additional titles in the 2016 season, and in 2017, she added another win - the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico City. Kim will need a 4-under 68 on Sunday to break that record.

No one had a chance Sunday.

The second-place finish went to Carlota Ciganda, who ended nine strokes adrift of Kim, while Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley and Amy Yang tied for third.


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