Li, 11, misses cut, makes impression at Open

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Updated: 6/22 8:30 am

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Lucy Li's friends back in California have been filling her inbox with emails.

That's the only way they can reach her at the U.S. Women's Open.

The 11-year-old from Redwood Shores is too young for a cellphone.

Laughing, she said, "They're like, 'Oh, you're famous now.'"

Li made quite an impression at Pinehurst No. 2 — even if she didn't make it to the weekend. The youngest qualifier in the history of the tournament mostly held her own at the Women's Open.

For the second straight day, a couple of rough holes proved to be her undoing.

Hurt by a double bogey and a triple bogey, Li shot her second straight 8-over 78.

Li was 22 strokes behind leader Michelle Wie and 19 behind Lexi Thompson, who both know about playing the Women's Open at a young age.

Wie's first was in 2003 when she was 13. In 2007, Thompson became the youngest to qualify at age 12 — until Li supplanted her.

 

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