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Wie Reaches Amateur PubLinks Finals

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USGAPALM COAST, Fla. (AP) -- Thirteen-year-old Michelle Wie moved within a victory Saturday of becoming the youngest golfer to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
 
Wie won both quarterfinal and semifinal matches to earn a spot Sunday in the 36-hole finale. She faces Virada Nirapathpongporn of Thailand, who advanced by defeating Beth Allen of San Diego 5 and 4 in the semifinals.
 
If Wie wins Sunday, she will break Catherine Cartwright's record as the youngest Public Links champion. Cartwright was 17 when she won the championship in 2000.
 
Playing at the 6,068-yard, par-72 Ocean Hammock Golf Club, Wie took five of the first six holes against Aimee Cho, of Orlando, and held on for a 5 and 4 victory in their semifinal.
 
Earlier in the day, Wie needed just three hours to eliminate defending U.S. Amateur champion Becky Lucidi, winning 6 and 5 in the quarterfinals. Wie took three of the first six holes and won the match when Lucidi missed a 6-foot par putt on the 13th hole.
 
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