Kim breaks LPGA scoring record at Thornberry

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Sei Young Kim sets record low by going 31 under

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.

With Kim entering the final round holding an eight-shot lead, the only question was whether she would continue to tear up Thornberry Creek's Legends Championship Course to overtake Sorenstam's record.

Speaking of her 63-65-64-65 tournament, surpassing Annika Sorenstam's 27-under record from 2001, she told LPGA.com: "After I shot 27-under (at the 2016 JJTBC Founders Cup), I wanted the 72-hole record".

"Just before I started (the final round), I setting my goal of a bogey-free round", she said afterwards.

"I was thinking even not playing this tournament, going home and rest, so I'm happy the way I played", Ciganda said.

Three players tied for third at -20 including Amy Yang who played with her fellow South Korean in the final group. "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". In the men's PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth and Ernie Els are the only two golfers to finish a 72-hole event at 30-under or better. It's her seventh career victory and first this season.

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BC-GLF-LPGA Tour, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 433Sei Young Kim sets 54-hole mark at 24 under at LPGA ClassicAP Photo WIAPP323, WIAPP325, WIAPP322, WIAPP326, WIAPP328, WIAPP327, WIAPP330Eds: Clarifies that Kim shares 72-hole record with Sorenstam. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win".

"Well, after last week I was disappointed because I prepared a lot with my caddie for the major".

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. After that I really wanted the record for four days. 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.

Following a successful first year, Kim notched two additional titles in the 2016 season, and in 2017, she added another win - the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico City.

Kim won for the first time this year and joined Brooke Henderson as the only players on the LPGA Tour with at least one victory in each of theist four seasons.

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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