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Siyun Liu has shot to make history as first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour-sanctioned circuit

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Editor's note: This piece was updated on Jan. 9.

Liu's pursuit of PGA Tour-China status ended during the third round of the qualifier on Thursday when she withdrew, citing arm pain. She was 13 over par for the tournament at that time.


Siyun Liu, a senior at Wake Forest, is in position to become the first woman to earn any kind of status on a PGA Tour-sanctioned golf circuit after two rounds of the PGA Tour Series China qualifying tournament.

Liu, 19, who plans to turn professional after her senior season this spring, has shot consecutive rounds of 75 to stand in a tie for 19th, two shots out of the final qualifying spot at Foison Golf Club.

The top 15 players earn a fully exempt spot in the PGA Tour China Series, which will begin in March. The top 45 players after 72 holes receive conditional status, meaning the ability to get access to some of the circuit's events.

"I had a rough start and finish, but overall it was a pretty good day,'' said Liu, whose father, William, is caddying for her. "I made a chip-in for birdie and also made a couple good birdies after I made the turn. [On the second hole], I hit a really solid 4-iron and had a 6-footer for birdie. Then I thought I skulled my 9-iron on [No. 4] but somehow it stopped 10 feet from the hole and I made the putt, so that was a nice way to make a birdie.''

The tour in China is a developmental circuit run by the PGA Tour, much like other tours in Canada and South America. The top five players in points at the end of the season earn a spot on the Korn Ferry Tour, the developmental circuit that feeds to the PGA Tour.

"If I get to play any events here, I'd be so down for it,'' she said.