U.S. gets third straight Solheim Cup win|
Sugar Grove, IL (Sports Network) - The United States won eight out of 12
points in the Sunday singles to cruise to a 16-12 victory at the Solheim Cup
at Rich Harvest Farms.
This marked the third straight Solheim Cup victory for the United States and
the eighth win overall. Europe has still never won on American soil and once
again, it was the singles matches on Sunday where the U.S. showed its
For the eighth time, the Americans won the singles and for the eighth time,
the U.S. holds the Solheim Cup.
When Christina Kim went 1-up against Tania Elosegui with one to play, that
guaranteed a half point for the American side. Morgan Pressel won the par-
three 16th to polish off a 3 & 2 win over LPGA Champion Anna Nordqvist that
got the U.S. to 14 1/2 points, which was enough for a third straight victory.
"Most of the day I was thinking this wasn't going to happen," said American
captain Beth Daniel. "I can't even believe they've done this."
The U.S. was up 13-10 and in need of one point to at least retain the Cup. In
the four matches on the course, the U.S. was down in one, but held tenuous 1-
up leads in the other three.
Kim changed that with an eight-foot birdie putt at the 16th to give her a 2-up
lead over Elosegui. Kim went on to lose 17, but she was guaranteed a half
Pressel was 2-up with three to play when she missed the green at 16. Nordqvist
did as well, but Pressel was conceded par after a great chip. Nordqvist had 10
feet for par and needed to make it or the Solheim Cup was the Americans.
Nordqvist missed and the Cup went to the U.S.
"It's very emotional," said a choked-up Pressel. "It's been a long week and we
played great. I'm so proud of our team. I wasn't sure if I was going to make
the team for a while this year, so for Beth to put me out late like I asked
and me to come through, it's great."
For Europe, the team has still yet to taste victory on the opposition's home
turf, but they came in as huge underdogs at the start of the week and made it
interesting until late Sunday.
"The Americans came out firing on all cylinders," said Alison Nicholas, the
European captain. "We've had a great week. I had a fun week. The girls battled
Daniel got exactly the start she needed Sunday.
"The first three points were impressive," she said.
Angela Stanford posted the team's first point in the second match with a 5 & 4
drubbing of Becky Brewerton. Paula Creamer followed with a full point from the
first bout with a 3 & 2 victory over Suzann Pettersen.
Then it was Michelle Wie's turn.
Wie, a captain's pick, defeated Europe's 2007 captain Helen Alfredsson, 1-up,
in the third match.
"It was tough. Helen is so tough to beat," said Wie. "I had to pull some stuff
on her. I did not want to come through 18 holes. I'm just glad I got a point
for the U.S."
Wie got 3-up through six, but by the 11th, Alfredsson squared the match. Wie
got wins at 15 and 16 to move 2-up with two to play, but Alfredsson hung
She took the 17th with a par and knocked it on in two at the par-five 18th.
Wie did as well, but Alfredsson nearly made her long eagle putt. She was
conceded birdie, but Wie had two putts to win the match.
Wie lagged her eagle try to two feet, then tapped in for birdie and the win to
cap off a spectacular week. The win put Wie 3-0-1 in her Solheim Cup debut.
"That sounds great," Wie said.
She went to become a cheerleader after her win and the U.S. staged a huge
rally during the singles.
Brittany Lang was 2-down to Laura Davies, but won both of the final holes to
earn a halve.
Davies made a mess of both of the closing holes and the halve polished off a
Davies is the only player to compete in all 11 Solheim Cups, but was benched
Friday afternoon and never returned to the lineup until Sunday. She went 0-1-1
for the competition and Sunday's halve felt like a loss for Davies.
"I was never down. I was 3-up after 10 and was going nicely," said Davies.
"One bad shot on 17 and a bit of bad luck on 18."
Then it was Daniel's other captain's pick, the 49-year-old Juli Inkster who
kept the momentum going.
Inkster was 2-down to Gwladys Nocera with five to play, but won the 14th, 16th
and 17th to go 1-up. She knocked one in the water at the last to lose the hole
and walk off with a halve.
It was a hard-earned half point for Inkster in what was probably her final
Solheim Cup match before captaining a team of her own.
"I want to come out and watch. I had a great time," said Inkster. "I would
love to be a captain someday. I'd love to be able to pick out the uniforms and
the hair ribbons. That's my forte."
Europe was not done despite the feeling on the course that the U.S. was in
Women's British Open champion Catriona Matthew had a relatively easy go of it
with a 3 & 2 win over Kristy McPherson. Diana Luna, who played only once in
the four team sessions, clobbered American Nicole Castrale, but a 3 & 2 win by
Brittany Lincicome of the U.S. over Sophie Gustafson temporarily stopped
Then Kim and Pressel kept the Cup for the U.S.
Two matches became irrelevant at the end.
Cristie Kerr and Maria Hjorth halved their match and Natalie Gulbis and Janice
Moodie agreed to a halve in the 18th fairway of the anchor match.
08/23 17:31:01 ET