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

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Sei Young Kim has the great Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour tournament scoring record within reach after turning the Thornberry Creek Classic into a procession.

Kim added yet another birdie, closed with a 7-under 65 and wound up her historic week Sunday in Wisconsin at 31 under for a nine-shot victory. Kim's performance included 31 birdies, one eagle and - proving she is human after all - one double bogey on the 17th in the second round. The answer was yes, her tee shot on the par 3, 17th on Friday which led to a double bogey, the only hole she played above par in four rounds.

"I set my goal today for a bogey-free round", Kim was quoted by saying to LPGA.com. It wasn't good result and I kept think about it, What's wrong with me?

Even with an eight shot lead entering the round, Kim never let her foot off the gas pedal.

Talley and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, who both shot 67 on Sunday, and South Korea's Amy Yang, who closed with a 68, shared third place at 20 under.

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.

Kirk's welcome back to Green Bay was spectacular with that 62 on Thursday but said she just never was able to keep it going.

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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.

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Leading by eight to eight to start the day, Kim signalled her intentions with a birdie at the first.

She was ranked as high as number eight in the world a year ago after her win in Mexico and has struggled for much of 2018. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win".

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. Sam Saunders lost out with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes to miss by one.

Kim, who is seeking her first win of the season, was a disappointing 25th at last week's Women's PGA Championship. Making two of them from nearly identical positions, I mean, that's a bit of a bonus.

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