Kim shatters LPGA scoring records in win


Sei Young Kim shot an 8-under-par 64 in the third round of Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Saturday to tie Annika Sorenstam's 54-hole record of 24 under and take a commanding eight-stroke lead.

Those numbers smashed the tour record in relation to par (-27 held by Kim and Annika Sorenstam) and the raw scoring record for a 72 hole event by one shot. 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 carded a second-round 65, which included a double-bogey on the par-three 17th, to be 16 under.

"Just before starting (Sunday), I was just setting my goal as a bogey-free round", Kim said. After that, I wanted to... really wanted the course record. "This is a dream come true".

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, American Emma Talley and Korean Amy Yang were tied for third on 20 under.

Hataoka, who narrowly lost the Women's PGA Championship last Sunday in a three-person playoff, nearly canceled out seven birdies with a double bogey and then a quadruple bogey on No. 17. She had 31 birdies and one eagles, and hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation. It's pretty exciting to watch, really.

Kim Sei-young reads the line of her putt during the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Wisconsin on Sunday.

Australia's Katherine Kirk started the tournament with a 10-under 62 and has been sub-par every round but finds herself 10 shots behind Kim in a tie for sixth going into the final round after her 69.

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"Just trust yourself", she said.

After the presentation on the 18th green, Kim eventually made her way into the media center for the post-tournament press conference.

But she dropped shots on eighth and ninth before a stretch of pars.

New Zealand's Ko, who snapped a near two-year title drought with a victory in San Francisco in April, holed out from the 86 yards out in the fairway for an eagle at the par-five 15th on the way to her second straight six-under 66.

"First hole, my second shot was nearly a tap-in birdie, so (I) started really solid", said Kim, who is seeking a seventh LPGA title.

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, who is seeking her first win of the season, was a disappointing 25th at last week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

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