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11-Year-Old Qualifies for 2014 US Women's Open

Tuesday May 20, 2014
Qualifying tournaments for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open began on May 5 and continue through May 30. On May 19 there were nine qualifiers, including one in California at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. And the winner of that qualifier was an amateur, Lucy Li.

Nothing surprising about an amateur winning a sectional qualifier, especially not that one - its field was made up predominantly of amateurs.

But Li is only 11 years old. And now she'll be playing in the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

Li didn't fluke into medalist honors, either: She won the qualifier by seven strokes. She shot 74 in the opening 18, then 68 in the second 18. Her 68 was the only round of the qualifier under 71.

And yes, as you probably guessed, Li is the youngest-ever qualifier for the U.S. Women's Open She will not, however, be its youngest-ever competitor when she tees off at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 19. Beverly Klass was only 10 when she played in the 1967 USWO.

It's not the first time Li has set a USGA age record: She qualified at age 10, the youngest ever, for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.

And you might have even seen Li before. Did you watch the national finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National prior to the 2014 Masters? Li won her age group.

The previous recordholder for youngest U.S. Women's Open qualifier was Lexi Thompson, who was 12 when she played her way into the 2007 tournament.

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Jimenez Becomes Euro Tour's First Over-50 Winner

Sunday May 18, 2014
Miguel Angel Jimenez is now the oldest winner in European Tour history after claiming his home country's championship, the Spanish Open.

Of course, Jimenez was already the oldest Euro winner by virtue of his victory at the Hong Kong Open in December. Who held the record before that? Jimenez!

The real significance of his victory at the 2014 Spanish Open is that Jimenez won at the age of 50, becoming the first-ever 50-or-older golfer to win on the European Tour.

Here are the tour's five oldest winners:
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez: 50 years, 4 months and 12 days, 2014 Spanish Open
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez: 49 years and 337 days, 2014 Hong Kong Open (played in Dec. 2013)
  • Miguel Angel Jiménez: 48 years and 318 days, 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open
  • Des Smyth: 48 years and 34 days, 2001 Madeira Island Open
  • Neil Coles: 48 years and 14 days, 1982 Sanyo Open

It's been a pretty good year for Jimenez so far in 2014: In addition to his two Euro Tour wins, Jimenez finished fourth at The Masters and won his first-ever start on the Champions Tour.

He now has 21 European Tour victories, which ranks in the tour's Top 10.

Apply Now for 2015 Masters Tickets

Monday May 12, 2014
The application process for tickets to the 2015 Masters Tournament is now open on Masters.com. See the tournament's tickets page for information and to start the application process. (If you've registered before, you don't have to do it again, just login.)

Applications for practice day tickets (April 6-8, 2015) have a deadline of June 30, 2014. Applications for tournament day tickets (April 9-12, 2015) have a deadline of June 1, 2014.

For background, see our previous articles Start Planning Now If You Want 2015 Masters Tickets and How to Get Masters Tickets.

The Best-Ever on the Senior Tour

Wednesday May 7, 2014
Who are the best golfers ever to play on the Champions Tour? By that we mean the golfers who accomplished the most during their years playing the senior tour (PGA Tour performance doesn't count). We have our rankings ready. Check out it: The Top 10 golfers in Champions Tour history.

Familiar Name Returning to Golf Clubs in 2015

Tuesday May 6, 2014
How long has it been since anyone heard from The Ben Hogan Company? A long time, because that company was essentially shuttered by its then-owner, Callaway, around 2007. But the Ben Hogan brand acquired a new owner in 2013, and now it's also acquired a new lease on life. Beginning in 2015, golf clubs will once again be carrying the Ben Hogan brand. Read More

Get Ready for The Players Championship

Monday May 5, 2014
The 2014 Players Championship tees off on Thursday. Are you ready? The defending champion, Tiger Woods, won't be there. But nearly everybody else who's anybody will be. Check out the final field.

The Players is the major-iest of the non-majors, but the tour really wants it to be a major. They took another step in that direction by changing the playoff format for this year. What do you think: will The Players ever be called a major?

The tourney's golf course is iconic in the sport. Here's much more about it:

And among its holes, the island green 17th is the most famous. Here are some records for it, plus other tourney records:

Finally, check out the list of Players Championship winners.

Langer 10th Golfer to Reach 20 Wins on Champions Tour

Monday May 5, 2014
Bernhard Langer won the Insperity Invitational on Sunday, edging Fred Couples by one stroke. And in so doing, he became just the 10th golfer in Champions Tour history to win 20 or more times:
  • Hale Irwin - 45 wins
  • Lee Trevino - 29
  • Gil Morgan - 25
  • Miller Barber - 24
  • Bob Charles - 23
  • Don January - 22
  • Chi Chi Rodriguez - 22
  • Jim Colbert - 20
  • Bruce Crampton - 20
  • Bernhard Langer - 20

Langer has no chance of catching Irwin (probably nobody does), but there's a slim chance he could reach No. 2 on the list. Langer is 56, but has yet to show signs of slowing down. It's his second win of 2014, he won twice in 2013 and 2012, too. He led in earnings the past two seasons.

Langer is the first golfer since Gil Morgan in 2001 to reach the 20-win mark.

See also:
Full List: Golfers with most Champions Tour wins

What's the Best Score Ever?

Friday May 2, 2014
Fifty-nine is the best score yet recorded on the PGA Tour, and also on the LPGA Tour. Nobody has broken 60 yet on the European Tour, but there's been a 58 on the Japan Tour.

What about everywhere else? What's the best 18-hole score ever carded in golf, anywhere, by anyone?

Scores keep going lower. In fact, 57s and even 56s, in recent years, started happening with such regularity that we gave up trying to track them. But that's OK, because 56 isn't the answer to our question.

The answer is 55, and there are four known rounds of 55 in the annals of golf. Read about them in our FAQ: What's the lowest 18-hole score ever shot in golf?

Catching Up on Recent Headlines

Friday May 2, 2014
What's been happening in the golf world? Let's catch up on some recent stories:

Teen Dreams Keep Coming True on Pro Tours

Friday May 2, 2014
We're just a week removed from Lydia Ko winning her third LPGA title only a few days after turning 17. Also, Seung-Yul Noh's victory on the PGA Tour, and before that Jordan Spieth's challenge at The Masters. Noh and Spieth aren't teenagers anymore, of course, but both won pro tournaments as teens. This teen phenom thing isn't just an LPGA thing anymore. Continue reading
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