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Kim sets 54-hole mark at 24 under at LPGA Classic

Kim sets 54-hole mark at 24 under at LPGA Classic”

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.

Lydia Ko struggled for accuracy in the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Kim won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic by nine strokes over Spain's Carlota Ciganda at Thornberry Creek at Oneida in Oneida, Wisconsin, on Sunday (local time).

Even with an eight shot lead entering the round, Kim never let her foot off the gas pedal. She surpassed her own and Sorenstam's record with a birdie on nine.

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

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.

Kim was dominant throughout the weekend.

Kim tied another Sorenstam record when she was 24 under through 54 holes.

"It's an honor to have my name with Annika's", Kim was quoted as saying after the third round. She's a great player.

Kim shot her previous record-equaling effort of 27 under at the 2016 Founders Cup, drawing her level with her childhood hero Sorenstam. 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. In the men's PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth and Ernie Els are the only two golfers to finish a 72-hole event at 30-under or better.

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

Kim and Brooke Henderson are the only players to have registered LPGA wins in each of the last four years. The victory also allowed Kim to make a big jump on the LPGA Tour's money ranking for the 2018 season, moving up 19 spots from 31st to 12th.

Sei Young Kin set records by going 31 under and shooting 257 over four rounds. "I did today, so I'm very happy with another good round". But after the major tournament, I realised, 'OK, I can do that.' If I imagine, it comes true. Kim will need a 4-under 68 on Sunday to break that record. Ciganda missed the fairway and wound up with an unfortunate double bogey cut she still closed with a final round 64 to claim sole possession of 2nd at -22.

No one had a chance Sunday.



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