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S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young sets LPGA scoring records to win Thornberry Creek Classic

2018/07/09 09:48

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SEOUL, July 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Kim Sei-young has claimed her seventh career LPGA title with a 72-hole scoring record on the tour.

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). She fired a 7-under 65 in the final round for a four-day total of 31-under 257.

Kim broke the 72-hole scoring mark on the LPGA Tour that was previously held by her and Annika Sorenstam. Kim had a four-day score of 27-under at the 2016 JTBC Founders Cup, while Sorenstam posted that same score at the 2001 Standard Register Ping in Phoenix.

Kim is now the first golfer in LPGA history to get past 30-under. 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.

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. The 25-year-old South Korean carded 24-under in three days to match Sorenstam's record.

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