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USA retains Curtis Cup

Teenager Michelle Wie won her second singles match in the Curtis Cup to help the United States clinch a 10-8 victory over Britain and Ireland at the Formby Golf Club in north-west England on Sunday.

The 14-year-old Wie, the youngest U.S. player to appear in the competition, routed Nicola Timmins six and five before Elizabeth Janangelo beat Shelley McKevitt one-up to clinch the win for the U.S. in the battle for trans-Atlantic supremacy in amateur women's team golf.

It was the Americans' fourth successive victory in the biennial event.

Wie lost both her foursomes, but won both her singles matches in the two-day tie. The tall Hawaiian has made a name for herself by playing in several LPGA events.

She also narrowly missed out on becoming the first woman to make the cut in a men's PGA Tour event at the Hawaiian Open in January.

The U.S., who started the day at 5-4 up, won four of Sunday's six singles matches after Britain and Ireland had tied the match at 6-6 by winning two of the morning's three foursomes.

The U.S. have now won the Cup 24 times since it was first contested in 1932. Britain and Ireland have won just six times, with three matches halved, their last victory coming at Killarney, Ireland in 1996.

The next match will be held in Oregon in August 2006.

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