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Lewis not keen on having 11-year-old Li at U.S. Women's Open

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TSN.ca Staff with USA Today files
6/18/2014 11:59:30 AM
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With the U.S. Women's Open starting Thursday, not everyone is a fan of bringing Lucy Li into the field.

Li - the 11-year-old who will tee it up at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina - has drawn criticism from top-ranked women's player Stacy Lewis, who thinks that a sixth-grader shouldn't compete in a big event at such a young age.

"I'm not a big fan of it. She qualified, so we can't say anything about that," Lewis told USA Today. "But I like to see kids be successful at every level before they come out here. I just like to see kids learn how to win before they come get beat up out here.

"When I found out she qualified, I said, well where does she go from here? You qualify for an Open at 11, what do you do next? If it was my kid, I wouldn't let her play in the U.S. Open qualifier at 11, but that's just me."

Li isn't the first young player to compete at the U.S. Women's Open - Morgan Pressel and Lexi Thompson qualified and played at age 12, while Michelle Wie was 13.

"Look, if you're good enough, you're old enough - or young enough, whichever way you look at it," added four-time major winner Laura Davies. "If you can play the golf and you can qualify, then have a go. What's the worst that can happen? She shoots a million this week and everyone says, 'Wasn't it great she was here?' So I don't think anything bad can come out of it because she's too young to worry about the pressure.

"She's just having fun. She's got a week off school. It's perfect."

Michelle Wie agrees. Wie was 13 when she played in her first Women's Open and has been asked a lot about Li this week.

Lucy Li (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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