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11 July 2018, 10:17 | Anna Jefferson
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Sei Young Kim completed a virtuoso four-day performance at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a Sunday 7-under, 65 to win by nine shots.
Kim won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic by nine strokes over Spain's Carlota Ciganda at Thornberry Creek at Oneida in Oneida, Wisconsin, on Sunday (local time). Her 27-under total in winning the 2016 Founders Cup in Phoenix matched the LPGA 72-hole record first established by the Swedish great in 2001.
Her 54-hole record of 24 under equals that of Annika Sorenstam set in 2003 in an LPGA event in Japan.
The only blemish for Kim all week at Thornberry Creek at Oneida was a double bogey in the second round Friday.
"I just want to keep challenging myself and what I can do", she said. "I did today, so I'm very happy with another good round".
Kim, disappointed in her 25th-place finish at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship last week said she'd studied video to try to discover what went wrong and to "make my mind stronger".
Hataoka, who narrowly lost the Women's PGA Championship last Sunday in a three-person playoff, nearly canceled out seven birdies with a double bogey and then a quadruple bogey on No. 17.
She started the day with a four-shot lead and after kick-starting her round with an eagle at the par-five third she moved to 24-under for the tournament with a string of four straight birdies from the 13th through the 16th. It's pretty exciting to watch, really.
"It's unbelievable the way she's playing", Ciganda said of Kim. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win". Kim hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation.
Australia's 2017 champion Katherine Kirk, who shot 62 on Thursday to lead after the first round, finished at 15 under in a tie for 20th, a shot better than compatriot Minjee Lee. Sorenstam won by two over Se Ri Pak when she shot her 27 under at Moon Valley at a tournament that no longer exists.
"First hole, my second shot was nearly a tap-in birdie, so (I) started really solid", said Kim, who is seeking a seventh LPGA title.
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, 25, played the finest four round stretch in the history of the LPGA and shot 63-65-64-65.
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.
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