LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Amateur golfer Michelle Liu hasn’t yet hit her teens, and said it’s “crazy” to think she’ll be teeing it up in the Canadian Women’s Open today.
Liu, 12, was the low Canadian at the 2019 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship to earn an exemption into the field at this week’s tournament at Magna Golf Club near Toronto.
She’ll become the youngest to compete in the 47-year history of the event, breaking the mark set by fellow Canadian Brooke
Henderson who was 14 when she made her debut in her national championship in 2012. “I look up to Brooke Henderson, just because she’s a great player, great personality, Canadian,” Liu said on Tuesday.
She met Henderson – the defending champion – on the driving range on Monday.
“I took a picture with her,” Liu said.
Asked if she was finding her first professional tournament “a bit of a crazy experience”, Liu said that was “a good word for it.”
“I would say I’ve got to play with some really nice and like really good LPGA players,” she said.