United States crush Europe to retain Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup Trophy

Her U.S. teammates followed her lead and the Americans finished off their most-decisive Solheim Cup victory in over 20 years, beating Europe 16 1/2-11 1/2 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

The U.S. improved to 10-5 in the history of the biennial event which started in 1990.

The scoreboard showed the 14 1/2 points needed for an outright victory when Lizette Salas sank a par putt at the 18th for a 1-up win over Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England.

Catriona Matthew has called time on her Solheim Cup playing career, paving the way for her to be captain for the 2019 match at Gleneagles.

"I like everybody away", she said.

"I am very honoured (to be captain)".

The drama of Thompson's comeback- "I'm exhausted and I'm speechless", Nordqvist said of the match - wasn't matched the rest of the day, but for the Americans, it didn't have to be.

Veteran Cristie Kerr led the US points, with three wins, no losses and one halved in four matches, raising her all-time points tally to 21, the most by any USA player in Cup history.

It looked as though the Swede would get her team off to the start they craved when she moved 4up through nine holes, but Thompson produced a stunning display to go eight under through the next seven to move 1up.

"I want to congratulate the USA team, they played awesome golf".




In proving the value of captaincy, a turning point for Thompson appeared to be a pep talk from Inkster and her assistant Nancy Lopez. "Front nine I don't think I was awake".

"The Europeans fought hard today and made it really close", said US captain Juli Inkster who joined Judy Rankin as the only women to captain back-to-back winning US Solheim Cup teams. I've got a great group of gals.

"We just got outplayed, no doubt about it", European captain Annika Sorenstam said.

So easy and so similar that they don't know what they will do Sunday during singles when they have to play alone.

The U.S. won the next two matches out before Angel Yin clinched the cup with a halved point against Karine Icher. "I wasn't nervous. I was just more excited".

The Solheim Cup was extremely well attended from the moment Mel Reid smashed the opening drive of the contest on Friday morning, and the vast galleries can not deny that they got their money's worth. Beyond being well liked and respected by her players, nine of whom played on both of Inkster's teams, the Hall of Famer encourages fun and inspires excellence.

"Sometimes it's not always about the results, this has been a lot about the journey". Team USA retained the Cup.

"I'm not really sure if I can quantify what it means to me to be out there with him (Sunday)", Ghim said. "I drive one of the par 4s, so if I'm driving it well, I'll have a lot of wedges in my hand and if I can hit the wedges good I'll have some good opportunities".

But the problem of slow play is clearly a big issue on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours as well, and yet nothing was done over the week.

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