Korea's Kim Sei-young Breaks LPGA Records in Thornberry Creek Classic Win

Korea's Kim Sei-young Breaks LPGA Records in Thornberry Creek Classic Win

Sei Young Kim completed an historic win at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Sunday, smashing several tour records on her way to a nine-shot victory.

That total saw Kim break her own record, shared with Annika Sorenstam, by four shots as she also set the 72-hole scoring record at 257.

"I feel like this is the best I've ever played", said Kim, who matched the LPGA's 54-hole scoring record of 24-under set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2003 Mizuno Classic - now known as the Toto Japan Classic.

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

"After the Founders Cup, I got new goals", she 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.

A closing 64 for Ciganda ensured she finished in front of the trio of Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley, and Amy Yang, who all tied for third on 20 under.

AUSTRALIA'S Katherine Kirk, the overnight leader, battled her way to a one-under 71 in the second round to be tied for third at the halfway point of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin. Sam Saunders lost out with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes to miss by one. She had just one sub-par hole all tournament. "She had a heck of a week and I'm really excited for her".

"Just trust yourself", she said.

Kraft shot 70 and finished second at 14 under.

Kim finished the tournament nine shots clear of Spain's Carlota Ciganda, collecting her first piece of silverware this season and the seventh of her career.

In case there was any question mark about Kim's control of this event she soon put it to bed with an eagle at her 3rd hole and an outward nine of 33 before all but putting the result of the event to rest with a homeward nine of 31.

Kim will take aim at Sorenstam's 72-hole record of 27-under par, set at the Standard Register Ping in 2001 in Phoenix.

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. She couldn't keep pace, however, and made a double bogey on the par-5 15th by hitting one shot in the water and another in a hazard.

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.

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

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