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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
US retain Curtis Cup
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie helped the United States retain the Curtis Cup on Sunday when she inspired them to a 10-8 victory over Great Britain & Ireland.

Wie, just 14, beat Nicola Timmins 6&5 to put the US, without a player over 22 years old, 7-6 ahead at Formby.

Elizabeth Janangelo's 1-up singles win over Shelley McKevitt then sealed an unassailable 9-7 lead.

Annie Thurman wrapped up the win when she edged Danielle Masters in the last singles match of the day, 1-up.

The home side won two of three alternate shots on Sunday morning to tie it up at 6-6.

Wie and Janangelo then lost to Claire Coughlan and Anne Laing 3&2 when Coughlan holed the winning downhill putt from six feet on the 16th green.

The US pair started well with birdies at the first and third holes, but they made bogeys to lose the next three and never recovered.

Coughlan and Laing won three successive holes from the 10th and though Wie and Janangelo won the 15th, it ended on the next green.

It feels great to have beaten Michelle again
Claire Coughlan
"I played lights out," said Wie. "I hit the fairways, didn't miss the greens much. I played really well."

Coughlan took consolation from her result and was delighted to inflict another defeat upon Wie.

"It feels great to have beaten Michelle again," she said. "She's up and coming and no doubt going to be number one in the world, so it's a great feeling.

"On the last putt, I just told myself to pick the line and go with the line. Putting is generally the best part of my game."

But her joy was short-lived.

Paula Creamer won her singles but Jane Park lost before Janangelo's victory over McKevitt effectively ended home hopes.

Emma Duggleby, GB & Ireland's 32-year-old veteran, scored her third victory as she and McKevitt beat Erica Blasberg and Sarah Huarte 2&1.

Thurman and Brittany Lang led from the second hole as they beat Timmins and Danielle Masters 5&4.

A win by GB & Ireland would have seen Europe add another cup to its already impressive haul of Ryder, Solheim and Walker Cup silverware.


Match result:
Great Britain & Ireland 8-10 United States

Day Two:

Singles:
Liz Janangelo (US) beat Shelley McKevitt (Gbr&Irl)
Annie Thurman (US) beat Danielle Masters (Gbr&Irl)
Paula Creamer (US) beat Emma Duggleby (Gbr&Irl) 3 and 2
Michelle Wie (US) beat Nicola Timmins (Gbr&Irl) 6 and 5
Anne Laing (Gbr&Irl) beat Jane Park (US) 3 and1
Claire Coughlin (Gbr&Irl) beat Brittany Lang (US)

Foursomes:
Emma Duggleby and Shelley McKevitt (Gbr&Irl) bt Erica Blasberg and Sarah Huarte (US) 2 and 1
Anne Laing and Claire Coughlan (Gbr& Irl) bt Elizabeth Janangelo and Michelle Wie (US) 3 and 2
Nicola Timmins and Danielle Masters (Gbr&Irl) lost to Brittan Lang and Annie Thurman (US) 5 and 4

Day One:

Foursomes
Shelley McKevitt and Emma Duggleby (GB&Ire) bt Paula Creamer and Jane Park (US) 3 and 2
Nicola Timmins and Danielle Masters (GB&Ire) bt Sarah Huarte and Annie Thurman (US) 1 up
Anne Laing and Claire Coughlan (GB&Ire) bt Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie (US) 1 up

Singles
Emma Duggleby (GB&Ire) bt Elizabeth Janangelo (US) 3 and 2
Erica Blasberg (US) bt Danielle Masters (GB&Ire) 1 up
Paula Creamer (US) bt Fame More (GB&Ire) 5 and 3
Michelle Wie (US) bt Anna Highgate (GB&Ire) 5 and 4
Jane Park (US) bt Shelley McKevitt (GB&Ire) 4 and 3
Annie Thurman (US) bt Anne Laing (GB&Ire) 4 and 3


Teams

Britain and Ireland: Claire Coughlan (Ireland); Emma Duggelby (England); Anna Highgate (Wales); Anne Laing (Scotland); Danielle Masters (England); Shelley McKevitt (England); Fame More (England); Nicola Timmins (England). Captain: Ada O'Sullivan (Ireland).

United States: Erica Blasberg; Paula Creamer; Sarah Huarte; Liz Janangelo; Brittany Lang; Jane Park; Annie Thurman; Michelle Wie. Captain: Martha Kirouac.

Formby Golf Club - Par 72
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Front Nine
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36
Yards 435 403 538 312 183 428 388 493 450 3,630 yards
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Back Nine
Par 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 36
Yards 215 422 421 431 431 403 127 494 419 3,363 yards




SEE ALSO
US take halfway Curtis lead
12 Jun 04  |  Golf
Wie to star in Curtis Cup
11 Jun 04  |  Golf
Curtis Cup first for Wie
06 Feb 04  |  Golf


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