Five years after participating in the U. Women's Open as an year-old amateur, Lucy Li has turned professional. First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle , the year-old Li informed the USGA of her decision on Tuesday night, opting to surrender her amateur status and shift her focus to the paid ranks. She previously was ranked fifth in the world. Highlighted by her memorable major debut at Pinehurst, Li's list of amateur accomplishments is lengthy. She played in the U. Women's Amateur Public Links at age 10 and three years later made her U. Women's Amateur debut. She advanced to the quarterfinals in each of her final three U.
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By: Beth Ann Nichols November 6, pm. The family member also told Golfweek in an email that the USGA invited Li to the Curtis Cup, but she passed the opportunity on to the next person. Li burst onto the national stage at age 11 when she qualified for the U. The age requirement for the developmental tour is younger than that of the LPGA The organization instead gave Li a one-time warning, which the USGA said is consistent with its general practice for players who unknowingly break Rule for the first time and take appropriate remedial measures.
Bay Area golfer Lucy Li turns pro, hopes to ultimately...
Lucy Li , the child phenom who played in a U. Women's Open at 11 and appeared briefly and controversially in an Apple commercial at 16, has officially turned pro at After that performance, which didn't advance her to the final stage but did earn her some Symetra Tour status for next season, Li said the following:. The California native also tweeted a link to that story on SymetraTour. It was the USGA with whom Li found herself in some controversy earlier this year when a commercial ran for the Apple Watch in which she is shown practicing and using the product. Golf's governing body investigated the junior golfer in February and determined she breached a rule regarding amateur status, but ultimately decided on issuing a one-time warning. The following month, Li was in the news again for withdrawing from the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur due to an unspecified injury. In , Li became the youngest to qualify for the U. Women's Open, breaking Lexi Thompson's record.
Lucy Li born October 1, is an American professional golfer. She currently holds records as the youngest qualifier for the U. Women's Amateur and the U. Women's Open.