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