Wie strolls into US Curtis Cup team

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Michelle Wie, to no one's great surprise, will today be named in the American Curtis Cup team to face Great Britain and Ireland at Formby in June. The US team for the women's amateur version of the Ryder Cup will be the youngest ever and not just because of the inclusion of the 14-year-old Wie.

The side contains two other players still at school and five who are at college with the eldest only 21. Rarely has the announcement of such a team been subject to a leak but then never before has the Curtis Cup, first played for at Wentworth in 1932, featured a six-foot tall schoolgirl who has already played on the men's US Tour.

In the Sony Open, Wie only missed the cut by one stroke. Last year, she became the youngster winner of an adult championship conducted by the United States Golf Association when she won the Public Links title. America has won the last three matches with the last British and Irish success coming at Killarney in 1996.

US Curtis Cup Cup Team (v Great Britain and Ireland, Formby, 12-13 June): Erica Blasberg (age 19), Paula Creamer (17), Sarah Huarte (21), Elizabeth Janangelo (20), Brittany Lang (18), Jane Park (17), Annie Thurman (21), Michelle Wie (14); captain: Martha Wilkinson Kirouac (54).