South Korean Kim Sei-young smashed the LPGA 72-hole scoring record Sunday, winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a stunning 31-under par total.
Sealing her seventh win on the LPGA Tour seems to have been easy for Kim, who entered the final round with an eight-shot lead after matching Sorenstam's 54-hole record. 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.
After a brace of birdies at 15 and 16, Kim stumbled with a double bogey at the par-three 17th, but strung together three more birdies on her inward run.
Including her final round of 63 at this event previous 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. It wasn't good result and I kept think about it, What's wrong with me? "I'm very happy with a dream come true".
Kim began the final round with an eight-shot lead and played magnificent golf all day.
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. 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.
"Front nine, I just couldn't get one to drop, and back nine, hit lots of good putts and, again, nothing happened", Kirk said.
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.
BC-GLF-LPGA Tour, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 433Sei Young Kim sets 54-hole mark at 24 under at LPGA ClassicAP Photo WIAPP323, WIAPP325, WIAPP322, WIAPP326, WIAPP328, WIAPP327, WIAPP330Eds: Clarifies that Kim shares 72-hole record with Sorenstam. She has yet to win a major title.
With a win, Kim took home a total prize of $300,000 and became the 61st player on the LPGA Tour history to exceed $5 million in prize money. She poured in 31 birdies over the four days and had one eagle. Kim earned her full time status card on the LPGA Tour after finishing tied for ninth at the 2014 LPGA Qualifying Tournament.
Her last LPGA victory was in May 2017 when she beat Ariya Jutanugarn at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play.
England's Bronte Law finished alone in 6th at -18 which included a birdie on the 18th.