Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Sei Young Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

Sei Young Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

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.

Kim won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday local time with a final score of 31-under 257. Kim won the 2016 Founders Cup at 27 under, while Sorenstam won the 2001 Standard Register Ping at 27 under, the tournament Sorenstam shot 59. For the tournament, she never recorded a bogey, with her only blemish being a double bogey at No.17 on Friday.

Kim teed off on the 10th hole on the par-72 course in Oneida, Wisconsin, and birdied her first four holes.

"Front nine, I just couldn't get one to drop, and back nine, hit lots of good putts and, again, nothing happened", Kirk said after her round that included 33 putts.

"I was thinking even not playing this tournament, going home and rest, so I'm happy the way I played", Ciganda said.

Kim began the final round with an eight-shot lead and played magnificent golf all day. Kim is eight shots ahead of second-placed fellow Korean Amy Yang (67-66-67), who is 13-under and T-second. Hee Young Park won a playoff after she and Angela Stanford each finished at 258 in the Manulife Classic in Canada in 2013 on a course that was a par 71, while Karen Stupples shot 258 at the Welch's/Fry's Championship in Arizona in 2004 but that course was a par 70. In the men's PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth and Ernie Els are the only two golfers to finish a 72-hole event at 30-under or better.

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Sei Young Kim won't only be chasing a victory at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Sunday.

She hit 43 of 56 fairways and 67 of 72 greens in regulation.

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. After struggling at the major, she asked, "What's wrong with me?" "It's unbelievable the way she (Sei Young) played".

Kim had rounds of 63, 65, 64 and 65 as she made no race of a relentless march to her seventh career victory, and first of 2018. Sam Saunders lost out with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes to miss by one. She poured in 31 birdies over the four days and had one eagle.

No one had a chance Sunday. "I wish I could break up the (tour) record".

Kim notched her seventh LPGA victory and her first since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico a year ago.

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