Kim breaks LPGA scoring record at Thornberry

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

Sei Young Kim completed a virtuoso four-day performance at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a Sunday 7-under, 65 to win by nine shots.

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 score ensured she broke the 72-hole scoring mark on the LPGA Tour of 27-under that was previously held by her and Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam.

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.

"Just before starting (Sunday), I was just setting my goal as a bogey-free round", Kim said. "I'm very happy. A dream come true".

Kim began the final round with an eight-shot lead and played magnificent golf all day.

Looking at the previous winners of the tournament, the course tends to be easier than other tournaments, as defending champion Katherine Kirk of Australia won with a score of 22 under par in 2017.

"Front nine, I just couldn't get one to drop, and back nine, hit lots of good putts and, again, nothing happened", Kirk said.

Those getting the chance to watch Kim and Yang in tomorrow's final round either live or via the television coverage should take note of two of the best swings on the LPGA Tour.

The Thornberry winner's cheque of US$300,000 pushed Kim's career earnings past US$5 million, making her the 61st player to reach that plateau in LPGA history. "I really feel incredible".

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

DONEGAL, Ireland (AP) - Russell Knox of Scotland holed almost identical putts of 40 feet on the 18th hole, first to get into a playoff, and then to beat Ryan Fox and win the Irish Open for his first European Tour victory. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win". She has yet to win a major title. 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).

(Audio: Amy Yang) Anna Nordqvist was the model of consistency at -20 with all four rounds at five under par 67.

England's Bronte Law achieved a best ever finish of sixth as she carded a final round 67 to finish on 18 under.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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