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Call it ironic, but on the same day 11-year old Lucy Li made history as the youngest qualifier to tee off at the Women's U.S. Open, the previous record holder made headlines of her own.
Hawaii's Michelle Wie continued to ride her surging momentum to finish within one stroke of the lead through round one at Pinehurst course No. 2, Thursday.
The Punahou alum had held the distinction as the youngest qualifier to play in the Open back in 2000 when she was 11-years old -- Li beat Michelle's mark by one week.
After picking up a birdie on her second hole of the day, Wie struggled on the front nine, carding a one-over 36-strokes early.
Following the turn Michelle dialed in. Shooting birds on 10, 12 and 14 before logging her third bogey of the afternoon on 16. The Honolulu native finished strong, using one of her 26 putts to sink a birdie on 18, ending her day at 2-under par (68) and one stroke behind Stacy Lewis (67).
Wie is having a career season thus far, in 12-LPGA starts, she's had eight top-10 finishes including a win at the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina.
The 24-year old is currently 11th in the Rolex Rankings and second on the tour earnings list at nearly $870K.