Sei Young Kim made history Sunday in the desert.

The 2015 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year fired a final round 10-under par, 62 to set a new 72-hole Tournament scoring record and capture the JTBC Founders Cup. Her four-day score of 27-under par tied the 72-hole total set by Annika Sorenstam in 2001 when she shot a second round 59 at the Standard Register Ping.

“Yeah. It's a dream come true,” Kim told the media. “Today's score 10-under is my best score ever, ever. So I didn't know that after the last putt, but after I check the scorecard, I asked to Paul, my caddy, did I shoot 10-under? He said, yeah. Oh, my God. That's amazing. Yeah. Dream come true. So feel great now.”

Sorenstam responded to the news and shared her congratulations on Kim's accomplishment, 15-years to the week Sorenstam set the record also in Arizona at Moon Valley Country Club.

"Congratulations to Sei Young on her outstanding play this week. I thought she was going to make that last putt. It's hard to believe it's only her second year on the LPGA. This should give her nice momentum as she heads into the ANA Inspiration looking for her first Major Championship," Sorenstam told the LPGA via email.

The South Korean’s previous low round was a 65, which she carded on six occasions in 2015. The victory marks her fourth on the LPGA Tour and first not on an island, her prior three victories coming in the Bahamas, Hawaii and Hainan Island in China.

Kim won by 5-strokes ahead of world No.1 Lydia Ko, who carded a final round 7-under par 65, including four birdies in her last five holes but was still unable to catch Kim. Jacqui Concolino posted her best finish of her career this week, finishing at 20-under par and solo third.

18-year-old’s Meghan Khang and Brooke Henderson, along with veteran Paula Creamer, finished T-4 for the week at 19-under par. Khang has now posted two top-11 finishes in her first three starts as a member of the LPGA Tour. Henderson got off to a hot start, making five birdies in her first eight holes but was unable to recover after a bogey at the par 4, 9th hole and settled for a round of 5-under par, 67.


In The Winners Circle With Sei Young Kim


Birthplace/Hometown – Seoul, South Korea/Seoul, South Korea

Birthdate – January 21, 1993 – currently 23 years, 1 months, 28 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour – T6th at the 2014 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament

Rookie Year – 2015


  • LPGA: Fourth career victory: 2015 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, 2015 LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY, 2015 Blue Bay LPGA
  • KLPGA: Has five career victories on the KLPGA


  • Earns 500 points toward the Race to the CME Globe standings and moves from 6th to 2nd in the race with 1,027 points


  • With her victory, Sei Young is projected to jump from No. 7 to No. 5 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings
  • Will be the second-highest ranked South Korean player in the world, trailing only No. 2 Inbee Park
  • Sei Young will move from the fourth spot on Korea’s UL International Crown and Olympics teams to the second spot


  • CAREER: With the $225,000 first-place check, Sei Young moves from 128th to 120th on the LPGA Career Money List with $2,237,494
  • SEASON: Sei Young has earned $417,438 this season and moves from 9th to 2nd on the 2016 LPGA Tour Official Money List


  • Wins the JTBC Founders Cup in only her second appearance in this event, finishing in T6 in 2015
  • Sei Young ties Annika Sorenstam’s all-time LPGA scoring record in relation to par at 27-under-par, a record Sorenstam set at the 2001 Standard Register Ping at nearby Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix.
  • Sei Young becomes the third different South Korean player to win in 2016
  • Sei Young’s final round 62 tied the course record and lowest round in tournament history


  • Finished first in the 2015 Rolex Rookie of the Year standings and third in the 2015 Rolex Player of the Year standings


  • 5 events played,  5 cuts made, $417,438, 1 win, two additional top-three finishes in five starts 

2015 RECAP

  • 27 events played, 25 cuts made, $1,820,056, three wins, and 8 additional top-10s


Click here for complete scores from the final round of the JTBC Founders Cup.


Written By: Amy Rogers LPGA


Photo credit: 2016 Getty Images