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(PINHEHURST, N.C.) -- The youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history failed to make the cut in her debut. Lucy Li, the 11-year-old phenom, shot an 8-over 78 on Friday, putting her at +16 for the tournament in her two days of competition.
Although she opened her round with a double-bogey, Li finished the outing with pars on three of the final four holes. Li also birdied the par-four 14th, calling it her favorite moment of the tournament.
"She was here for the experience and the opportunity to play with the best players in the world," said Li's caddie Bryan Bush. "She proved that she can."
The Women's Open is no stranger to a youth movement. Michelle Wie, the tournament leader heading into the weekend, was 13 at her first US Open in 2003. Lexi Thompson made her debut in 2007 at age 12, becoming the youngest qualifier at the tournament before Li.
Wie is currently four-under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of Thompson.
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