Kim sets LPGA mark with 31-under total at Thornberry

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

South Korea's Kim Sei-young fired a second-round 65 on Friday to charge into the weekend at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a four-shot lead on 16-under par 128.

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.

Her 27-under total in winning the 2016 Founders Cup in Phoenix matched the LPGA 72-hole record first established by the Swedish great in 2001. Kim made 31 birdies at Thornberry, also a LPGA record for 72 holes. The only blemish of her round was a double bogey on 18.

But the 25-year-old knew setting out on Sunday that she was within striking distance of the record, giving herself a goal of playing the final round without a bogey. "Overall, I'm happy with how today went".

Kim began the final round with an eight-shot lead and played magnificent golf all day. 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. She had just one sub-par hole all tournament. After that I really wanted the record for four days. During the final round, Kim showed outstanding accuracy with her iron shots, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 94.4. The 32 holes under par is another record, breaking the mark of 30 set by Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar and Lexi Thompson at the 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Kim closed with a seven-under 65, leaving her at 31-under 257 for the tournament, for a dominant victory over Spain's Carlota Ciganda.

The Thornberry first-place check of $300,000 pushed Kim's career earnings past $5 million, making her the 61st player to reach that plateau in LPGA history.

Kim notched her seventh LPGA victory and her first since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico previous year. "It's unbelievable the way she (Sei Young) played". 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.

"Well, after last week I was disappointed because I prepared a lot with my caddie for the major".

(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 finished alone in 6th at -18 which included a birdie on the 18th.

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