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S.Y. Kim brilliant in Wisconsin as Kirk fights back

Kirk's chances of successfully defending are all but gone but still a good finish is possible (Photo: Henry Peters)
Korea’s Sei Young Kim equalled the 54 hole LPGA Tour scoring record when adding yet another stunning round at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin, opening up an eight shot lead over her fellow countrywoman Amy Yang in the process.

Including her final round of 63 at this event last year, Kim has now played her last 72 holes at Thornberry Creek in 33 under par and her 7th LPGA Tour title now appears but a formality.

Yang appears to be returning to her best after some injury issues earlier in the year and today provided further evidence of just that by adding a third round of 67 to move into outright 2nd place with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko on her own in 3rd place one behind Yang.

In case there was any question mark about Kim’s control of this event she soon put it to bed with an eagle at her 3rd hole and an outward nine of 33 before all but putting the result of the event to rest with a homeward nine of 31.

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.

"Well, after last week I was disappointed because I prepared a lot with my caddie for the major. It wasn't good result and I kept think about it, What's wrong with me?

"I just ask to somebody but that's not right answer, so I getting to the YouTube, how to make the mind stronger. Yeah, I watched a lot of video."

Her 54-hole record of 24 under equals that of Annika Sorenstam set in 2003 in an LPGA event in Japan.

Kim actually has a 27 under par total for 72 holes which she recorded when winning the JTBC Founders Cup in 2016.

Those getting the chance to watch Kim and Yang in tomorrow’s final round either live or via the television coverage should take note of two of the best swings on the LPGA Tour.

Katherine Kirk rallied back from a disappointing opening ten holes to birdie four holes late in her round and although ten shots from the leader she is just two shots out of second place and in a share of 6th place and so a good round tomorrow could yield another great finish at Thornberry Creek.

Of the other Australians in the field Minjee Lee is 35th and Rebecca Artis 41st.






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