Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

31 under! Kim thrilled after smashing LPGA record

31 under! Kim thrilled after smashing LPGA record

South Korean Kim Sei-young smashed the LPGA 72-hole scoring record Sunday, winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a stunning 31-under par total.

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

Yang appears to be returning to her best after some injury issues earlier in the year and today provided further evidence of just that by adding a third round of 67 to move into outright 2nd place with New Zealand's Lydia Ko on her own in 3rd place one behind Yang.

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"In a word, phenomenal", said defending champion Katherine Kirk, who finished 15 under and tied for 20th. Kim hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation.

Including her final round of 63 at this event previous year, Kim has now played her last 72 holes at Thornberry Creek in 33 under par and her 7th LPGA Tour title now appears but a formality.

Kim's 31 under broke by four shots to par the record she had shared with Annika Sorenstam.

But now she's surpassed the player she idolized for so long, in the process also setting the LPGA 72-hole record at 257.

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The result never looked in doubt as Kim began Sunday's round with an eight-shot lead, and it proved to be the case as she tore up the course for the fourth successive round. 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. Amy Yang, who played with Kim in the final round, made an eagle at the third to get within six shots.

Park Sung-hyun, who won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, lost her chance to win two straight tournaments, as she missed the cut by shooting one over par over the first two rounds.

Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., was the top Canadian, ending in a tie for seventh at 17 under for her first career top-10 finish.

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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Knox closed with a 6-under 66 to set the clubhouse target at 14-under par. No one, and I mean no one ever dreamed there would be this many birdies but the Oneida Nation is a generous bunch and there was nothing wrong with witnessing golf history this week, re-written by one Sei Young Kim.

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