Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kim Sei-Young’s 31-under score smashes LPGA record

Kim Sei-Young’s 31-under score smashes LPGA record

With AP Photos.Sei Young Kim shot an 8-under-par 64 in the third round of Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic to tie the 54-hole record of 24 under and take a commanding eight-stroke lead. Kim won the 2016 Founders Cup at 27 under, while Sorenstam won the 2001 Standard Register Ping at 27 under, the tournament where the Swede shot 59.

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

The only blemish for Kim all week was a double bogey in the second round Friday.

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.

"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. "Overall, I'm happy with how today went".

Victory at Oneida never seemed in doubt for Kim, who collected $300,000 in prize money having held the lead after her second round of 65. Yang, with a birdie on the final hole for a 68, tied for third at 20 under with Emma Talley and Anna Nordqvist, who each had a 67. 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.

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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"I really feel, like, unreal", Kim said.

Though Kim has earned seven trophies in her four LPGA Tour seasons, she has yet to win a major tournament.

There were 31 birdies in Kim's round, also a LPGA record for 72 holes. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win".

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. Kim earned her full time status card on the LPGA Tour after finishing tied for ninth at the 2014 LPGA Qualifying Tournament.

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.

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. Amy Yang is a distant second at 16 under after shooting a 5-under 67.

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