Kim Sei-young wins Thornberry crown in historic style

Sei Young Kim at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Sei Young Kim at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

India's Aditi Ashok shot her best total of the year but still finished tied 35th at the low-scoring Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic golf tournament here.

Kim closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday for a nine shot victory, finishing at 31-under par.

Kim shot her previous record-equaling effort of 27 under at the 2016 Founders Cup, drawing her level with her childhood hero Sorenstam. The 32 holes under par is another record, breaking the mark of 30 set by Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar and Lexi Thompson at the 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

The only blemish on her scorecard came on Friday with a double bogey on the 17th hole.

"I set my goal today for a bogey-free round", Kim was quoted by saying to LPGA.com.

"I thought about, 'How do you handle nerves today?' 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". "If I imagine, it can come true".

A closing 64 for Ciganda ensured she finished in front of the trio of Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley, and Amy Yang, who all tied for third on 20 under.

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".

In the back nine, Kim added three more birdies and hit no bogeys to become the first golfer on the LPGA Tour to go 31 under par at a tournament. It's pretty exciting to watch, really.

"Just trust yourself", she said.

She finished nine shots clear of nearest challenger Carlota Ciganda of Spain as she posted the lowest winning score in LPGA Tour history. During the final round, Kim showed outstanding accuracy with her iron shots, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 94.4. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win". She obviously knows how to win.

"I'm just happy for her".

Australia's Katherine Kirk started the tournament with a 10-under 62 and has been sub-par every round but finds herself 10 shots behind Kim in a tie for sixth going into the final round after her 69. She couldn't keep pace, however, and made a double bogey on the par-5 15th by hitting one shot in the water and another in a hazard.

Aditi dropped shots on 17th in the first and second rounds too.

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.

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