Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

Lydia Ko fades late at Thornberry Creek, Sei Young Kim notches record victory

Kim also became the first player in LPGA Tour history to get past 30 under, and also broke the record for fewest strokes made for 72 holes.

The 25-year-old, who won her last LPGA title in May 2017 at the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico, secured the victory with seven birdies in the final round on Sunday, reports Efe. Find us on Facebook too!

After a brace of birdies at 15 and 16, Kim stumbled with a double bogey at the par-three 17th, but strung together three more birdies on her inward run.

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.

She hit 43 of 56 fairways and 67 of 72 greens in regulation.

Kim, who had a 63 on Thursday and a 65 on Friday, tied Sorenstam's 54-hole record of 24 under, set at the Mizuno Classic in Japan in 2003, after picking up an eagle and six birdies on Saturday.

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.

Kim teed off on the 10th hole on the par-72 course in Oneida, Wisconsin, and birdied her first four holes. Sorenstam won by two over Se Ri Pak when she shot her 27 under at Moon Valley at a tournament that no longer exists.

But she dropped shots on eighth and ninth before a stretch of pars.

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No one had a chance Sunday.

Victory at Oneida never seemed in doubt for Kim, who collected $300,000 in prize money having held the lead after her second round of 65.

"I searched YouTube for how to make [myself] mentally stronger and I really wanted to do something big this week", Kim, who finished nine shots clear of nearest rival Carlota Ciganda, told Golf Channel.

Spain's Carlotta Ciganda came in second at 22 under after shooting a 64, while Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley and Amy Yang tied for third place on 20 under.

Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., was the top Canadian, ending in a tie for seventh at 17 under for her first career top-10 finish.

Knox closed with a 6-under 66 to set the clubhouse target at 14-under par. "This is a dream come true".

"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.

Kim notched her seventh LPGA victory and her first since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico past year.

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