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.
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.
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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.
- 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.
Full List: Golfers with most Champions Tour wins
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?
- One week til The Players Championship and some of the TPC Sawgrass greens are in bad shape.
- A PGA Tour caddie tripped and fell during the Wells Fargo Championship, damaging his player's putter.
- Tiger Woods is chipping and putting already in his recovery after back surgery. But when he might return to tour golf is unknown. (Some reports indicate Woods is targeting the British Open, which is a very ambitious target.)
- Golf Channel broadcaster and former PGA Tour player Notah Begay III is recovering after a heart attack.
- Woods' design company was chosen for a Houston-area course. It's Woods' first U.S. course design.
- Donald Trump has bought Turnberry resort in Scotland, whose Ailsa Course is part of the Open rota. And all of Scotland cringed.
- Lydia Ko was named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Which tells you how ridiculous such lists are.
- Golf Digest debuted a modest makeover with its latest issue.
- LPGA pioneer Beverly Hanson passed away at the age of 89.
- Anthony Kim, missing from the PGA Tour due to injuries, isn't even playing golf for fun anymore.