Sei Young Kim wins 7th title in LPGA Classic

Lydia Ko fades late at Thornberry Creek, Sei Young Kim notches record victory

Lydia Ko fades late at Thornberry Creek, Sei Young Kim notches record victory

Kim Sei-young revelled in "a dream come true" after shattering the LPGA's 72-hole scoring record with an extraordinary aggregate of 31 under at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

But Aditi's total of 12-under was 19 shots behind Sei Young Kim, whose final round seven-under 65 saw her post a record total of 31-under 257.

The 25-year-old from South Korea opened with a 63, followed with a 65 and shot a 64 on Saturday to reach 24 under, which tied Sorenstam's 54-hole record in 2003 at the Mizuno Classic in Japan, a 54-hole event. Through 54 holes, Kim has made 24 birdies, an eagle and her lone mistake of the entire tournament was a double bogey in round two, and she has no bogeys so far.

She can now overhaul Sorenstam's 72-hole record of 27-under par, set at the Standard Register Ping in 2001 in Phoenix, if she shoots a 68 or better.

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.

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 are another record, breaking the mark of 30 set by Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar and Lexi Thompson, all three at the 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. But two years ago [at the] JTBC, [when] I shot 27 under to tie the record with Annika Sorenstam.


"She's a great player. 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". It's pretty exciting to watch, really. She has yet to win a major title. Her second shot put her on the green but her birdie try was never close and she had to make a tough putt coming back to save par. The only mistake she made in the tournament was a double bogey on the 17th hole in the second round.

"I was seven shots behind the leader on Thursday and I shot 6-under and I was still seven shots behind", Ko said.

No one had a chance Sunday.

Even with an eight shot lead entering the round, Kim never let her foot off the gas pedal. It wasn't good result and I kept think about it, What's wrong with me?

Kim won for the first time this year and joined Henderson as the only players on the LPGA Tour with at least one victory in each of the last four seasons.

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