Sei Young Kim has the great Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour tournament scoring record within reach after turning the Thornberry Creek Classic into a procession.
Ko started the final day at Thornberry Creek in Wisconsin, if not with high hopes of catching runaway leader Kim, certainly with ambitions of a high-end finish to continue her promising recent form.
Kim actually has a 27 under par total for 72 holes which she recorded when winning the JTBC Founders Cup in 2016.
Her 54-hole record of 24 under equals that of Annika Sorenstam set in 2003 in an LPGA event in Japan.
"Front nine, I just couldn't get one to drop, and back nine, hit lots of good putts and, again, nothing happened", Kirk said.
"I searched YouTube for how to make [myself] mentally stronger and I really wanted to do something big this week", Kim, who finished nine shots clear of nearest rival Carlota Ciganda, told Golf Channel.
"Overall, I'm happy with how today went".
Even with an eight shot lead entering the round, Kim never let her foot off the gas pedal. 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.
Looking at the previous winners of the tournament, the course tends to be easier than other tournaments, as defending champion Katherine Kirk of Australia won with a score of 22 under par in 2017.
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. It's pretty exciting to watch, really.
Kim revealed after her round that watching you tube to work on some mind issues has helped her turnaround from disappointment at last week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Kim hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation.
Kim notched her seventh LPGA victory and her first since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico past year. She obviously knows how to win. "When someone plays that good, she deserves to win". "She just kept the foot down". Kim earned her full time status card on the LPGA Tour after finishing tied for ninth at the 2014 LPGA Qualifying Tournament.
Ciganda, 10-under through 17 holes, closed with a disappointing double bogey at 18, where her second shot disappeared in dense undergrowth near the green.
The affable Kim is the 17th different player to win during the 2018 season and is the sixth player from Korea to win.
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