PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) With pigtails and plenty of giggles, Lucy Li just wants to have fun like any 11-year-old girl.
Except that she’s playing the biggest event in women’s golf.
The sixth-grader from California is the youngest qualifier in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open. She played nine holes of practice Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 2 and is looking forward to a course where Martin Kaymer won a U.S. Open title Sunday.
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Li won her age division in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship just two months ago. That means she gets to compete at Augusta National and Pinehurst No. 2 in the same year. Li says her friends back home couldn’t believe it and will be watching when the tournament starts Thursday.