Most Strokes Under Par: The LPGA Record-Holders

How low can they go? On the LPGA Tour they can go very low, indeed. The tour's all-time record for most strokes under par in a tournament is 31-under-par, established in 2018. Let's take a look a that record, plus the list of the lowest scores in relation to par in LPGA history.

The Record: 31-Under by Sei Young Kim

Kim became the first LPGA golfer ever to reach 30-under par, then tacked on another birdie before she was finished, in winning the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Her 257 total (also a new tour record) was 31 strokes below the par of 288 in the four-round, par-72 event.

"I feel really incredible," Kim said, perhaps in an understatement, when it was over.

But she couldn't have been too surprises: It was her own record she broke. Well, one she had previously shared, at 27-under, with Annika Sorenstam (see list below).

Kim opened with a 63, followed that with a 65 and then a 64, before closing with a final-round 65. She had 31 birdies and one eagle during the tournament (plus one double bogey in the first round). She hit 67 out of 72 greens in regulation. It was good for Kim's seventh career win on the LPGA Tour.

The List: Most Strokes Under Par in an LPGA Tournament

72-Hole Tournaments

  • 31-under: Sei Young Kim, 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, 257 total, par-72
  • 29-under: Shanshan Feng, 2019 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, 259 total, par-72
  • 27-under: Annika Sorenstam, 2001 Standard Register Ping, 261 total, par-72
  • 27-under: Sei Young Kim, 2016 LPGA Founders Cup, 261 total, par-72
  • 26-under: Karrie Webb, 1999 Australian Ladies Masters, 262, par-72
  • 26-under: Angela Stanford and Hee Young Park, 2013 Manulife Classic, 258, par-71
  • 26-under: Brittany Lincicome and Lexi Thompson, 2017 PureSilk Bahamas LPGA Classic, 266, par-73

54-Hole Tournaments

  • 24-under: Annika Sorenstam, 2003 Mizuno Classic, 192, par-72
Note that Kim's 54-hole total at the 72-hole Thornberry Creek Classic in 2018 matched Sorenstan's 24-under in the 54-Mizuno Classic in 2003.

As for the 72-hole record that Sorenstam shared with Kim at 27-under: Annika set that record in 2001 in the tournament where she became the first LPGA player to shoot 59.

Two of the golfers on the list above didn't even win their tournaments. Stanford and Park tied at 26-under at the 2013 Manulife, and Park won the playoff. Lincicome and Thompson tied at the 2017 PureSilk, and Lincicome won the playoff.

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