Golf - 11-year-old shoots 68 to earn place at US Open

An 11-year-old girl has made history by qualifying for the women's US Open golf championship.

Golf - 11-year-old shoots 68 to earn place at US Open

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Lucy Li

Lucy Li earned the right to tee up alongside the biggest stars in the women's game with her performance in the Sectional Qualifying tournament at Half Moon Bay in California.

And that's not all: not only did Li claim one of the three available spots, she did it by shooting a two-under-par score of 142 for her two rounds, leaving her seven shots clear of the player in second place.

Li opened up with a round of 74 that put her qualification in doubt, but shot a four-under-par 68 in the afternoon to clinch her spot at Pinehurst in style.

She is the youngest player ever to qualify for the women's US Open, beating the record of qualifying aged 12 held by Lexi Thompson and Morgan Pressel - both of whom have gone on to win Majors in their professional careers.

Li first came to national prominence in America by qualifying for the US Women's Amateur and the US Public Links Championship last year at the age of 10.

She also won her age group in Augusta National's inaugural drive, chip and putt tournament earlier this year.

Li, who was born in California but whose family are originally from Hong Kong, is the youngest ever player - but will not actually be the youngest ever to take part in the US Open. That accolade is still held by Beverly Klass, who was admitted to the tournament in 1967 when aged just 10, before there was a qualification process.

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