Lucy Li misses cut at US Women's Open but has amazing week

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Lucy Li shot two 78s at wicked Pinehurst. (Getty Images)
Lucy Li shot two 78s at wicked Pinehurst. (Getty Images)

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Lucy Li backed up her first-round 78 with another one of them on Friday to put her at 16 over for the US Women's Open, just seven strokes outside the cut line and just two worse than Tiger Woods' niece, Cheyenne.

It's a figure she likely would have (or should) have taken when the week started, and Friday's round included a double bogey, a triple bogey, five bogeys and two birdies.

"Yeah, it's been a great week," she said after her round. "I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot and, yeah, I guess it has exceeded my expectations."

Li's caddie, Bryan Bush said she was pretty amazing, not for a 11-year-old, but just as a golfer.

"She would hit -- we would have an uh-oh hole and next thing you know she would hit a hybrid or a fairway wood inside eight feet," he said. "You don't see many of the adult pros doing that. That's what really impressed me."

"She's by far the headline, I'm just the guy carrying the bag."

Li also said she never really thought about her score all week.

"It's definitely helped because if you care about your score, then the numbers get bigger and bigger and if you don't care about it, it actually helps you play better."

Bush concurred.

"Never was. She was here for the experience and the opportunity to play with the best players in the world. She proved that she can. So it was never about score. The best part, she didn't even know what she made on 13 when we walked off the green."

My favorite part of the entire week might have happened away from the course on Friday after she broke 80 for the second straight day.

As Li made her way to her post-Friday press conference one reporter stated to here, "you broke 80 again."

Her response? What any 11-year-old who just accomplished a feat of that magnitued would say.

"Yeah."

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