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Lucy Li (born October 1, 2002) is an American professional golfer. She currently holds records as the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Open. She is the second-youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, and the youngest ever to advance to match play in that event. Li was an age group winner at the inaugural Masters Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship in Augusta, Georgia. As of 2014, she is a student of Jim McLean.
Li turned professional in late 2019. She had status on the Symetra Tour in 2020.
Li’s first USGA event as a professional was the U.S. Women’s Open where she finished in a tie for 16th place at Olympic Club on June 6, 2021. This has been Li’s best finish in a LPGA major event to date, and the $84,000 in prize money more than doubled her career tournament earnings.
Li’s first professional victory on the Epson Tour came in a playoff with an eagle 3 on the first hole at Kinston Country Club’s Carolina Golf Classic on June 12, 2022. She picked up her second win a month later at the Twin Bridges Championship in Albany, New York.
Li was the first Epson Tour player in 2022 to qualify for LPGA Tour who was then granted two consecutive LPGA sponsor exemptions in August. By finishing in the top-10 at the second event (CP Women’s Open), Lucy automatically qualified for her third consecutive LPGA tournament, the Dana Open. Li was the leader after the second and third rounds, and was paired with Lexi Thompson another former child prodigy, in the final grouping. Neither player had their best stuff that Sunday, but Li’s fourth place finish got her into her fourth straight event, the Kroger Queen City Championship.