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Kim sets LPGA mark with 31-under total at Thornberry

11 July 2018

Kim shot her previous record-equaling effort of 27 under at the 2016 Founders Cup, drawing her level with her childhood hero Sorenstam.

"I hope to break it tomorrow", Kim said, adding that it was "an honour" to have her name alongside Sorenstam's. "But two years ago, [at] JTBC I shot a 27-under; that tied Annika Sorenstam's record". "I really feel incredible". "(It's a) dream come true".

Ciganda missed the fairway and wound up with an unfortunate double bogey cut she still closed with a final round 64 to claim sole possession of 2nd at -22.

Kim closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday for a nine-shot victory, finishing at 31-under 257 to break by four shots to par the record Kim had shared with Annika Sorenstam.

That proved to be no challenge to Kim, who birdied the 1st hole and cruised home with a bogey-free round.

"Front nine, I just couldn't get one to drop, and back nine, hit lots of good putts and, again, nothing happened", Kirk said after her round that included 33 putts. Els set the PGA Tour's 72-hole score record of 31 under par at the 2003 Mercedes Championships.

There were 31 birdies in Kim's round, also a LPGA record for 72 holes.

Kim tied the 54-hole record but another low round on Sunday allowed Kim to beat her own record and also to surpass Sorenstam's. "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". "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win". After struggling at the major, she asked, "What's wrong with me?"

Ledesma went into the final round at Peek 'n Peak Resort one shot behind Sebastian Munoz, who had two bogeys in the opening four holes and never caught up. If someone plays better, just congrats and nothing I can do.

Emma Talley, who tied for third place, added, "If you would've told me that was the winning score I would've been like, There's no way someone is going to go that low". It's pretty exciting to watch, really.

The win was the seventh of Kim's LPGA career, her first since she captured the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in May 2017. She obviously knows how to win.

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.

During her first season on the LPGA Tour, Kim won three tournaments to earn the Tour's Rookie of the Year award.

Kim sets LPGA mark with 31-under total at Thornberry