Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Kim sets LPGA mark with 31-under total at Thornberry

Kim sets LPGA mark with 31-under total at Thornberry

South Korea's Kim Sei-young fired a second-round 65 on Friday to charge into the weekend at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a four-shot lead on 16-under par 128.

Ko started the final day at Thornberry Creek in Wisconsin, if not with high hopes of catching runaway leader Kim, certainly with ambitions of a high-end finish to continue her promising recent form.

Aditi had a total of five birdies, two bogeys and a double in her 71.

Including her final round of 63 at this event previous year, Kim has now played her last 72 holes at Thornberry Creek in 33 under par and her 7th LPGA Tour title now appears but a formality. "So, yeah, I did today, so I'm very happy with another good round".

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"I wasn't sure if it was going to come again".

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.

"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). She had just one sub-par hole all tournament. The 32 holes under par are another record, breaking the mark of 30 set by Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar and Lexi Thompson, all three at the 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. "I was playing really good golf at KPMG and have just carried it over to this week".

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"She's a great player".

After the presentation on the 18th green, Kim eventually made her way into the media center for the post-tournament press conference.

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 second shot put her on the green but her birdie try was never close and she had to make a tough putt coming back to save par. "I used to watch Annika on television and it was my dream to play on the LPGA with her". Yang was alone in second place after the third round.

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

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England's Bronte Law achieved a best ever finish of sixth as she carded a final round 67 to finish on 18 under.

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