12-year-old golfer Michelle Liu set to make history at Canadian Women's Open

Michelle Liu will become the youngest woman to compete at the Canadian Women's Open (PA Images)
Michelle Liu will become the youngest woman to compete at the Canadian Women's Open (PA Images)
11:02am, Wed 21 Aug 2019
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Michelle Liu will become the youngest player ever to take part in the Canadian Women's Open when she tees off on Thursday aged just 12.

The youngster from Vancouver will break the record previously held by Brooke Henderson, who was 14 when she competed in 2012.

Liu is soaking in the opportunity of playing at the Magna Golf Club this week in what she describes as "a bit of a crazy experience", and also confessed she was fan-girling Henderson when she arrived.

Liu said: "I took a picture with her.

"I look up to Brooke Henderson just because she's a great player, great personality, Canadian."

Ironically, Henderson is now the defending champion and will return to the event for another crack at securing the title.

But despite the thrill of playing there, she is respectful of the older players on show and realistic of her chances this week.

"Christina Kim, M.J. (Hur), and all of them. I think I really get to learn something from them, and especially how warm and welcoming they are to me," she added.

"I think it's definitely going to be a challenge for me and my mental game to be able to focus and, like, keep my mind on like each and every shot.

"I know there is a lot of great players here in the field. I think I was 95 out of the top 100 players, so I definitely say it's going to be pretty hard.

"I hope for a lot and I expect a little bit less."

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