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Wie Moves Into Quarterfinals

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USGA logo - 100x41PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) -- Michelle Wie, the 13-year-old phenom from Hawaii, advanced to Saturday's quarterfinals with wins over two opponents Friday in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Honolulu's Wie is one of eight golfers remaining in the match-play tournament. She will now face reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Becky Lucidi of Poway, Calif., Saturday morning in the quarterfinals. The semifinals will be played immediately afterwards.
 
Michelle Wie Wie jumped to an early lead against Mayumi Motoyama of Littleton, Co. and cruised to a 5-and-4 third-round win. The match was conceded after the No. 14 hole, with Wie leading by five holes and putting for birdie.

Wie's round was not without some jeopardy. Before hitting her second shot onthe second hole of her third-round match, Wie's nose started bleeding. Shewas offered medical treatment but turned it down.

'I get it occasionally,' Wie said about the bloody nose. 'I think it's because I was tired. I get it when I'm tired. I'm pretty tired right now. My legs hurt.'
 
Earlier Friday, Wie won of the final of the final five holes to defeat Hwanhee Lee of Los Angeles, Ca. 2 and 1 in the second round. Lee eliminated the teenager 3 and 2 in the semifinals of last year's Public Links.
 
The two semifinal winners will play a 36-hole final Sunday.
 
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