Lucy Li has become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, aged just 11. She breaks the previous mark held by fellow American Lexi Thompson, who was 12 when she made the cut in 2007.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/FILE
Li shot rounds of 74 and 68 at Half Moon Bay in her native California to secure a berth at Pinehurst next month. She was one of 17 players to book her place during the first ever round of international qualifying events that were held in America, Europe and Asia.
Li already has one notable victory to her name at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship held at Augusta National in April. Now she is heading for her first major tournament.
Li will be part of U.S. Open history with the women's event being held at the same venue as the men's -- Pinehurst in North Carolina -- and starting just a few days later.EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/FILE