South Korea's Sei Young Kim shattered the LPGA's scoring record Sunday while winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wis., by nine strokes.
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.
But now she's surpassed the player she idolized for so long, in the process also setting the LPGA 72-hole record at 257.
"After the Founders Cup, I got new goals", Kim said. "I really feel incredible". "Today my putting was very good, so very happy with the way I played".
Sealing her seventh win on the LPGA Tour seems to have been easy for Kim, who entered the final round with an eight-shot lead after matching Sorenstam's 54-hole record. Yang, with a birdie on the final hole for a 68, tied for third at 20 under with Emma Talley and Anna Nordqvist, who each had a 67.
AUSTRALIA'S Katherine Kirk, the overnight leader, battled her way to a one-under 71 in the second round to be tied for third at the halfway point of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin.
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 had 31 birdies and one eagle, another record for most sub-par holes in a tournament. "She had a heck of a week and I'm really excited for her".
"In a word, phenomenal", Kirk said of Kim's performance. "I used to watch Annika on television and it was my dream to play on the LPGA with her". During the final round, Kim showed outstanding accuracy with her iron shots, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 94.4.
"Just trust yourself", she said.
The cut was four-under-par, one shot off the lowest cut line in LPGA history.
Sei Young Kim hits her tee shot on the 8th hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.
She was ranked as high as number eight in the world previous year after her win in Mexico and has struggled for much of 2018.
Torres made seven birdies against just one bogey for her 66 on Sunday.
She was four strokes in front of China's Liu Yu, who posted a career-best score of nine-under par 63 for a total of 132.
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.