Oneida, Wis. — Sei Younger Kim watched her 12-foot birdie putt break towards the outlet and disappear into the cup, placing her in territory nobody had ever been on the LPGA Tour.
She reached 30-under par within the Thornberry Creek LPGA Traditional.
And she or he wasn’t completed.
Kim added one more birdie, closed with a 7-under 65 and wound up her historic week Sunday in Wisconsin at 31 underneath for a nine-shot victory.
“I never thought I’d shoot 31 under,” Kim stated. “I really feel incredible.”
She was each little bit of that in every week so dominant that she now has two LPGA scoring data all to herself.
Kim’s 31 underneath broke by 4 shots to par the document she had shared with Annika Sorenstam. Kim received the 2016 Founders Cup at 27 underneath, whereas Sorenstam received the 2001 Normal Register Ping at 27 underneath, the event the place the Swede shot 59.
“After the Founders Cup, I got new goals,” she stated. “I wish I could break up the (tour) record. It’s really unbelievable.”
Kim additionally set the 72-hole scoring document at 257, ending with three straight pars to interrupt the mark by one shot.
The 25-year-old from South Korea opened with a 63, adopted with a 65 and shot a 64 on Saturday to achieve 24 underneath, which tied Sorenstam’s 54-hole document in 2003 on the Mizuno Traditional in Japan, a 54-hole occasion.
“In a word, phenomenal,” stated defending champion Katherine Kirk, who completed 15 underneath and tied for 20th. “We knew that you could go low around this golf course, but she’s taken it to a whole other level. It’s pretty exciting to watch, really. She’s going to break our all-time, 72-hole scoring record pretty easily. She’s a great player. She obviously knows how to win. She just kept the foot down.”
The one blemish for Kim all week at Thornberry Creek at Oneida was a double bogey within the second spherical Friday. She had 31 birdies and one eagle, one other document for many sub-par holes in a event. Kim hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation.
For all of the birdies, Kim set the LPGA Tour document with a par on the ultimate gap to complete at 257. Hee Younger Park received a playoff after she and Angela Stanford every completed at 258 within the Manulife Traditional in Canada in 2013 (par 71), whereas Karen Stupples shot 258 on the Welch’s/Fry’s Championship in Arizona in 2004 (par 70).
“I had the double-bogey on 17. That was the only one I had where I missed the shot. It’s crazy,” Kim stated.
She reached 28 underneath with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 ninth. Kim started the again 9 with one other birdie when her wedge from about 100 yards stopped a couple of toes from the outlet, organising her birdie on the 12th.
Kim received by 5 over Lydia Ko when she shot 27 underneath within the Founders Cup two years in the past. Sorenstam received by two over Se Ri Pak when she shot her 27 underneath at Moon Valley at a event that not exists.
Kevin Na rode a sizzling putter to halt a winless streak of almost seven years on the PGA Tour.
Na shot a 6-under-64 for a five-stroke victory at A Army Tribute at The Greenbrier.
The 34-year-old Na’s solely earlier tour win got here in Las Vegas in October 2011.
“I wasn’t sure if it was going to come again. I was hoping it would – sooner than later,” Na stated. “I’ve been close so many times, failed so many times.”
He’s had three dozen top-10 finishes since that final win and confirmed indicators earlier this 12 months that reaching the highest once more was nonetheless effectively inside attain. He tied for second on the Genesis Open in January, two shots behind Bubba Watson. In late Might he shot 61 within the first spherical of the Fort Value Invitational to match the course document and completed fourth.
Beginning Sunday’s spherical one stroke behind co-leaders Harold Varner and Kelly Kraft, Na birdied six of his first 10 holes to open an enormous lead on the Outdated White TPC, and he cruised from there. The one blemish on his card was a bogey on the par-Four 11th after driving into the tough.
Na completed at 19-under 261 and picked up the $1.31 million winner’s paycheck. He improved 40 spots to No. 18 within the FedEx Cup standings.
Kraft shot 70 and completed second at 14 underneath. Brandt Snedeker (64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied for third at 13 underneath.
Na was one shot behind co-leaders Kraft and Harold Varner to start the day. His birdie stretch included making putts of 24, 33 and 43 toes.
“My putter got hot,” Na stated. “The first day the putter felt awful, and (then) it just clicked. Every time I got over the ball it felt great, and everything felt like it was going in.”
By the point he strolled as much as the 18th inexperienced, Na was comfortable, relaying his like to his spouse and younger daughter towards a TV digital camera. He cried throughout a tv interview after the spherical as he relayed a message in Korean to his abroad followers.
“I didn’t want to leave the Korean fans out,” Na stated.
The one drama down the stretch was who would decide up the final of the event’s 4 qualifying spots to the British Open in two weeks. Na had already earned a spot. Varner wanted to make a birdie putt on both No. 17 or 18 to get there, however he parred each holes. That gave the ultimate spot to Austin Prepare dinner.
Kraft, Kokrak and Snedeker had been the opposite qualifiers. The main 4 gamers not already exempt from the top-12 finishers certified.
Kraft stated his first British Open bid helped take away a number of the sting of dropping the lead Sunday.
“Obviously, I would have loved to win after leading coming into today, but, you know, sometimes you run into a guy that makes a lot of putts,” Kraft stated.
No third-round chief has gone on to win the event since its debut in 2010. Varner shot 72 and completed tied for fifth at 12 underneath together with Prepare dinner (66), Joaquin Niemann (64), Sam Saunders (70) and Joel Dahmen (69).
The 19-year-old Niemann already has 4 top-10 finishes in eight occasions this season and has secured particular short-term membership on tour.
Defending champion Xander Schauffele, who was one shot behind when the spherical began, bogeyed 5 of his first six holes. He shot 75 and completed 11 shots again.
Russell Knox of Scotland holed almost an identical putts of 40 toes on the 18th gap, first to get right into a playoff, after which to beat Ryan Fox and win the Irish Open for his first European Tour victory.
Knox received for the primary time in two years, most lately on the Vacationers Championship throughout his bid to make the Ryder Cup group.
Knox closed with a 6-under 66 to set the clubhouse goal at 14-under par. Fox missed an Eight-foot birdie putt for the victory. Within the playoff, Knox hit wedge from 131 yards to just about the identical spot on the 18th inexperienced, and his lengthy birdie putt curled left to proper and into the cup.
Fox had an Eight-foot birdie putt to increase the playoff, but it surely caught the lip and spun away.
Knox, who tied for second on the French Open final week, goes to No. 5 within the Race to Dubai and can get again into the highest 50 on the planet.
Fox, who shot a 68, earned one in all three spots to the British Open in two weeks at Carnoustie. Zander Lombard of South Africa and Andy Sullivan of England earned the opposite two spots.
Defending champion Jon Rahm tied for fourth, whereas event host Rory McIlroy closed with a 71 and tied for 28th.
Nelson Ledesma of Argentina seized management with three straight birdies on the flip, and he closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory within the Lecom Well being Problem for his first Net.com Tour victory.
Ledesma had missed eight cuts in 15 begins in his first Net.com Tour season, and his finest end was in Panama to start out the season. The victory was value $108,000 and moved him from 101st to 24th on the cash checklist. The highest 25 earn PGA Tour playing cards on the finish of the season.
Ledesma went into the ultimate spherical at Peek ‘n Peak Resort one shot behind Sebastian Munoz, who had two bogeys within the opening 4 holes and by no means caught up. Jones fell again with a bogey on the par-Three fifth, after which Ledesma birdied his closing three holes on the entrance 9 and constructed a three-shot lead.
He completed off a bogey-free closing spherical to put up a 22-under 266, two shots away from Jones (69) Munoz, who birdied his final two holes to salvage a 70.
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