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Kim leads by 8

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – South Korea’s Kim Sei-young matched the LPGA’s 54-hole scoring record Saturday building a 24-under total that gave her an eight-shot lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Kim fired an eagle and six birdies in her eight-under par round on the par-72 Thornberry course in Oneida, Wisconsin.

She started the day with a four-shot lead and after kick-starting her round with an eagle at the par-five third she moved to 24-under for the tournament with a string of four straight birdies from the 13th through the 16th.

‘‘I feel like this is the best I’ve ever played,’’ said Kim, who matched the LPGA’s 54-hole scoring record of 24-under set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2003 Mizuno Classic – now known as the Toto Japan Classic.

Kim’s long birdie attempt at 17 to break the record didn’t drop.

At 18 she was in the left rough off the tee. Her second shot put her on the green but her birdie try was never close and she had to make a tough putt coming back to save par.

It’s the second time the 25-year-old Kim has matched a Sorenstam scoring record