Wie captures first trophy

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The Independent Online

Everyone knew that Michelle Wie, the prodigious 13-year-old from Hawaii, had unlimited talent. Now she has her first trophy after victory in the US Women's Amateur Public Links here on Sunday.

Wie outlasted the former NCAA champion Virada Nirapathpongporn of Thailand for a one-up victory at Ocean Hammock to become the youngest winner in the 27-year history of the event.

"I'm happy out of my mind," Wie said. "I like beating a lot of people. I'm glad I survived all those matches."

Wie tapped in her two-foot par putt on the 18th green and raised her right arm to celebrate her first victory outside Hawaii, becoming the youngest player to win any adult USGA title.

Wie has competed against the men in Hawaii, trying unsuccessfully to qualify for the Sony Open on the PGA Tour in January. She played in the final group at the Nabisco Championships in March, the first LPGA Tour major of the year.

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