Sei Young Kim Destroys LPGA Tour Scoring Record with NineShot Victory

11 July, 2018, 15:47 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Lydia Ko moved to third with a 66 in her third round on the LPGA Tour

We found out in spectacular fashion as 25 year old South Korean Sei Young Kim re-wrote the LPGA record books by winning the tournament with a score of -31, 257.

Speaking of her 63-65-64-65 tournament, surpassing Annika Sorenstam's 27-under record from 2001, she told LPGA.com: "After I shot 27-under (at the 2016 JJTBC Founders Cup), I wanted the 72-hole record". She would tack on three more birdies including a 12-footer on 17, one of the toughest holes on the course, and finished at 22-under.

Including her final round of 63 at this event past 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.

"Just before starting (Sunday), I was just setting my goal as a bogey-free round", Kim said.

"I made a really good up and down on 17 and then to stick it close on 18 to give myself an opportunity was great", said Law.

"I wasn't sure if it was going to come again".

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

The steady Yang had five birdies without a bogey and was one stroke in front of former world number one Lydia Ko, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and American Emma Talley.

Defending champion Katherine Kirk, who has been unable to follow up on her 10-under 62 from Thursday, is one of five players at 14 under.


"Sei Young was playing unbelievably", said Ciganda, who notched her best result since 2016.

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.

There were 31 birdies in Kim's round, also a LPGA record for 72 holes.

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.

Her last LPGA victory was in May 2017 when she beat Ariya Jutanugarn at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play.

She was ranked as high as number eight in the world past year after her win in Mexico and has struggled for much of 2018.

"I had the double-bogey on 17". After that, I wanted to... really wanted the course record. Making two of them from nearly identical positions, I mean, that's a bit of a bonus.

Torres made seven birdies against just one bogey for her 66 on Sunday.

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

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