Monday, 23 July, 2018

South Korean Kim Sei-young wins Thornberry Creek in historic style

Sei Young Kim cruised through three rounds of the LPGA Tour's Thornberry Classic 2018 this week Sei Young Kim cruised through three rounds of the LPGA Tour's Thornberry Classic 2018 this week
Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 15:50

Sei Young Kim has broken the previous 72-hole scoring record on the Tour, with a nine-shot win at the LPGA Classic in Wisconsin.

The Thornberry Creek Classic, which is part of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, offers a total of $2 million in prize money. Find us on Facebook too! Kim made 31 birdies at Thornberry, also a LPGA record for 72 holes.

Yang appears to be returning to her best after some injury issues earlier in the year and today provided further evidence of just that by adding a third round of 67 to move into outright 2nd place with New Zealand's Lydia Ko on her own in 3rd place one behind Yang.

When defending champion Katherine Kirk opened the 2nd annual Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a mind blowing 10 under par 62, the question on everyone's mind was how low can these women go? During the final round, Kim showed outstanding accuracy with her iron shots, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 94.4. Kim started the first round by shooting nine under par, 63, and a 65 in her second round, even with a double bogey on the par-3 17th.

In the final round, Kim will be trying to break the 72-hole record of 27 under that she shares with Sorenstam. That victory had propelled her to eighth in the world, although she had slipped to 26th coming into this week.

Sei Young Kim watched her 12-foot birdie putt break toward the hole and disappear into the cup, putting her in territory no one had ever been on the LPGA Tour. "But two years ago, [at] JTBC I shot a 27-under; that tied Annika Sorenstam's record".

The result never looked in doubt as Kim began Sunday's round with an eight-shot lead, and it proved to be the case as she tore up the course for the fourth successive round. But she dropped two shots at the par-five 15th when she hit one ball in the water and another into a hazard.

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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.

Joining Kirk at 11 under are In Gee Chun (66), Amy Yang (66), Mariah Stackhouse (67) and Emma Talley (68).

Orangeville's Brittany Marchand tied for seventh at 17 under, while Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ont., was tied for 23rd at 14 under.

"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.

The 34-year-old, who first entered the PGA Tour in 2004, had last won in Las Vegas in October 2011.

"When I came they told me that you have to shot a low score here, so I tried my best, tried to fire at all the pins and make as many putts as I could", said Ciganda.

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