Sei Young Kim Destroys LPGA Tour Scoring Record with NineShot Victory

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

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 first-place check of $300,000 pushed Kim's career earnings past $5 million, making her the 61st player to reach that plateau in LPGA history. Her round by round scores were 63-65-64-65. "Then I set my goals, just kept relaxed - except the last three holes I couldn't control the nerves because it was nearly done, but I finished really good".

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. She then added birdies on 10, 12 and 15 to achieve the milestone.

The South Korean started the day in second place but jumped to the top of leaderboard after firing nine birdies, including five in six holes from the 10th.

FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. (AP) - Nelson Ledesma of Argentina seized control with three straight birdies at the turn, and he closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory in the Lecom Health Challenge for his first Tour victory.

The affable Kim is the 17th different player to win during the 2018 season and is the sixth player from Korea to win.

Kim said she didn't expect to be nervous as she chased the record - and a seventh LPGA title.

She needed a week like this. After struggling at the major, she asked, "What's wrong with me?" She came into the week ranked 26 in the Rolex rankings, but broke out in beyond impressive fashion.

"It's unbelievable the way she played", said Ciganda, who finished two strokes in front of Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (67), South Korean Amy Yang (68) and American Emma Talley (67). Through 54 holes, Kim has made 24 birdies, an eagle and her lone mistake of the entire tournament was a double bogey in round two, and she has no bogeys so far.

The only blemish for Kim all week was a double bogey in the second round Friday.

Despite the mistake off the tee on 18, she carded an 8-under, 64 on Sunday.

"I used to watch Annika on television and it was my dream to play on the LPGA with her", she said. If someone plays better, just congrats and nothing I can do.

"She's a great player".

Ciganda will take next week off and head home to Spain to get ready for the Scottish and British.

Even without that mishap she would have barely made a dent in Kim's margin of victory. "I did today, so I'm very happy with another good round". After that, I wanted to... really wanted the course record.