Round of the day
Peiyun Chien. The 27-year-old from China fired one of two 64s in the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, but hers was the only one of the bogey-free variety — Spain's Carlota Ciganda had the other, but she double-bogeyed her final hole. Chien's 64 was also impressive statistically as she hit 13 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens to go with 26 putts. Her tie for seventh was her second top-10 finish this season and her best showing since a tie for sixth at the LOTTE Championship in April. She missed the cut here in 2017.
Comeback of the day
Annie Park and Mina Harigae. The two Americans each shaved seven shots off their third-round scores — Park shooting 67 and Harigae 68 to finish tied for 62nd and 72nd, respectively. Park hit six more greens Sunday (17) than she did Saturday (11); Harigae needed seven fewer putts Sunday (26).
Streak of the day
Anna Nordqvist. The 31-year-old Swede did it again. She shot her fourth straight round of 5-under 67 to finish tied for third at 20-under 268, 11 shots behind runaway winner Sei Young Kim. Nordqvist stretched her bogey-free streak to 53 holes before giving back a shot with a bogey at No. 10 and then made three birdies and a bogey the rest of the way to go 67-67-67-67. The third-place tie was her sixth top-10 finish in 15 starts in 2018 and matches her best finish since winning the 2017 Evian Championship, an LPGA major.
Shot of the day
Maria Torres. The 23-year-old rookie knocked in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to shoot 6-under 66 and finish at 17-under 271 in a tie for seventh place, her best finish of what has been a tough first year on the . Torres, the first golfer from Puerto Rico to earn full status on the LPGA Tour, has made just five of 15 cuts and, until Sunday, had never finished double-digits under par for an event at the amateur, college or professional levels. "My dad said 'Oh, you're at 11.' I'm like 'Dad, I haven't even finished the tournament,'" Torres said. "The feeling is just amazing. I have not been having the best kind of season. But ... I just continue doing my thing. I have to say, in this one, I didn't have pressure. I was like 'Go out there and just play golf.'"
Stat of the day
Sei Young Kim’s nine-stroke margin of victory is the largest on the LPGA Tour since the 2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan, where Lydia Ko (20-under) won by nine strokes over So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji.
Tweet of the day
Sei Cheese: In Wisconsin, Sei Young Kim obliterates the LPGA scoring record, wins @thornberrylpga at -31/257. Old marks were -27 and 258. Matches @TheBig_Easy’s PGA Tour record for a 72-hole event. This was the 2080th official LPGA tournament. No one has ever been better.— Grant Boone (@grantboone) July 9, 2018
Records are set and then meant to be broken. Congrats Sei Young Kim on raising the bar even higher and setting a new benchmark in this game. Your historical performance coupled with a 9 shot win shows you were competing in another stratosphere! Extraordinary! https://t.co/gZQ81W5oOs— Kay Cockerill (@KayCockerill) July 9, 2018
Could you imagine firing four rounds of 65-70-67-64 ... and losing by nine shots? Sei Young Kim was an absolute monster this week. What a performance. pic.twitter.com/mPQlBoURO2— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) July 9, 2018
Well done! Congrats https://t.co/QE8532IxeY— Annika Sorenstam (@ANNIKA59) July 9, 2018
No. 1. The 411-yard, par-4 (4.333 stroke average) played as the toughest hole for the third time in four days. This time, it allowed just eight birdies against 22 bogeys, three double-bogeys and two others. It also played the toughest for the week (4.342 average) with just 25 birdies (vs. 118 bogeys, 18 doubles and seven "others"). No. 17, the par-3, was second-toughest.
Tale of the tape
|Day||Front nine||Back nine||Total|
No. 5. The 494-yard, par-5 played the easiest of any hole on the course in the final round, giving up three eagles, 44 birdies and 28 pars vs. three bogeys. For the week, the par-5 ninth hole was the easiest hole, playing to an average of 4.626 with 14 eagles, 184 birdies, 206 pars, 34 bogeys and six doubles.
Defending champion Katherine Kirk of Australia, after shooting 62-71-69-71 to finish at 15-under in her title defense, on Sei Young Kim’s performance: “In a word, phenomenal. We knew that you could go low around this golf course, but she’s, yeah, taken it to a whole ‘nother level.”
Crossing the tees
With her victory, Sei Young Kim becomes the sixth Korean player with a victory this season, the most of any country. She joined Henderson as the only players with victories in each of the last four seasons. ... Rookie Emma Talley got to 20-under and recorded the best finish of her short LPGA Tour career with her tie for third, the third top-seven finish this season. Talley shot four rounds in the 60s for the first time and, at 20-under 268, beat her previous best score in relation to par by 12 shots. ... Eight countries were represented among the top 14 golfers on the leaderboard with South Korea leading the pack with four. ... Ariya Jutanugarn, who is No. 3 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings but No. 1 in the Race to the CME Globe points standing, shot 69 and dropped four spots into a tie for 15th at 16-under 272. Her sister, Moriya, who is ranked ninth, shot 68 and moved into a tie for 35th place while No. 10 Minjee Lee shot her second 68 of the week and moved into a tie for 23rd. ... Former Oklahoma State golfer Maddie McCrary, who chose to forgo her final semester of eligibility at OSU last winter when she earned conditional status on the LPGA Tour, shot 77 and tied for 76th.