July 10, 2018 09:55
Kim Sei-young won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a record score of 31-under 257 on Sunday.
Kim hit seven birdies and no bogeys in the fourth and final round of the tournament in Oneida, Wisconsin, finishing nine strokes ahead of runner-up Carlota Ciganda of Spain.
She became the first golfer in the history of the LPGA Tour to card below 30-under par. It was Kim's first win since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in May last year, and her seventh career title.
The previous low score in a 72-hole competition was 27 under, set by Annika Sorenstam at the Standard Register Ping in 2001. Sorenstam shot 59 in the second round, which is still the only score under 60 in the history of the LPGA Tour. Kim tied Sorenstam's record finish of 27-under when she won the Founders Cup in 2016.
"When I was little I used to dream of playing with Sorenstam," said Kim. "In a way my dream came true, as I broke her record." Sorenstam congratulated Kim on social media the same day.
Kim's cumulative score of 31-under is the lowest ever at a 72-hole competition, and ties Ernie Els' PGA Tour record, set at the Mercedes Championship in 2003.
Kim also set a new 72-hole scoring record of 257, one lower than the previous record shared by compatriot Park Hee-young, American Angela Stanford, and Karen Stupples of England.
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