Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

Lydia Ko moved to third with a 66 in her third round on the LPGA Tour

Lydia Ko moved to third with a 66 in her third round on the LPGA Tour

Sei Young Kim recorded a historic win in Wisconsin after becoming the first LPGA Tour player to go below 30-under par.

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. Kim won the 2016 Founders Cup at 27 under, while Sorenstam won the 2001 Standard Register Ping at 27 under, the tournament Sorenstam shot 59. For the tournament, she never recorded a bogey, with her only misstep being a double bogey at No. 17 on Friday.

"I set my goal today for a bogey-free round", Kim was quoted by saying to LPGA.com. "Yeah, I'm very happy that dream came true".

Kim posted an eight-under 64 on Saturday to get to 24-under and will have an eight-shot lead with 18 holes left on Sunday. 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.

Defending champion Katherine Kirk, who has been unable to follow up on her 10-under 62 from Thursday, is one of five players at 14 under.

"It's unbelievable the way she's playing", Ciganda said of Kim. Els set the PGA Tour's 72-hole score record of 31 under par at the 2003 Mercedes Championships. During the final round, Kim showed outstanding accuracy with her iron shots, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 94.4. After that, I wanted to... really wanted the course record.

DONEGAL, Ireland (AP) - Russell Knox of Scotland holed almost identical putts of 40 feet on the 18th hole, first to get into a playoff, and then to beat Ryan Fox and win the Irish Open for his first European Tour victory.

Kim, 25, played the finest four round stretch in the history of the LPGA and shot 63-65-64-65. That victory had propelled her to eighth in the world, although she had slipped to 26th coming into this week.

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 the last four seasons.

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.

"Well, after last week I was disappointed because I prepared a lot with my caddie for the major". Yang was alone in second place after the third round.

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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