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United States retain Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup
Venue: Sugar Grove Golf Club, Illinois Date: 21-23 August
Coverage: Reports on the BBC Sport website

Morgan Pressel (l) and Christina Kim
United States are unbeaten on home soil in the Solheim Cup

United States clinched the Solheim Cup for a third consecutive time with a 16-12 victory over Europe.

Europe fought back to draw level with their hosts at 8-8 going into Sunday's singles at Sugar Grove, Illinois.

But the US secured the decisive 14th point when Morgan Pressel beat Swede Anna Nordqvist 3&2 to keep up their unbeaten record home soil.

"It's been a long week, we played great and I'm so proud of my team. It's a great feeling," said Pressel.

The Americans won the first point of the day when Angela Stanford crushed Britain's Becky Brewerton 5&4 in the second match.

From that, the US never looked back and held their nerve despite Europe leading half the matches midway through the afternoon.

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The biggest shift came when Juli Inkster and Brittany Lang turned around matches that appeared to be going Europe's way, scratching out critical halves.

Three matches were still being played when the Americans clinched the cup with Christina Kim's 2-up win over Tania Elosegui giving the Americans 15 points and the title outright.

"The girls have played well," said Europe captain Alison Nicholas.

"It was good fun, but it's still disappointing. The girls tried to keep up with them but they just holed a few more putts than us.

"It's tough to come over here and win, and to be honest with you, we were huge underdogs to start the week."

US captain Beth Daniel added: "I just can't even believe they've done this because for a while it really didn't look like it was going to be possible."



Match 17: Paula Creamer bt Suzann Pettersen 3 & 2

Match 18: Angela Stanford bt Becky Brewerton 5 & 4

Match 19: Michelle Wie bt Helen Alfredsson 1up

Match 20: Brittany Lang halved with Laura Davies

Match 21: Juli Inkster halved with Gwladys Nocera

Match 22: Kristy McPherson lost to Catriona Matthew 3 & 2

Match 23: Brittany Lincicome bt Sophie Gustafson 3 & 2

Match 24: Nicole Castrale lost to Diana Luna 3 & 2

Match 25: Christina Kim bt Tania Elosegui 2up

Match 26: Cristie Kerr halved with Maria Hjorth

Match 27: Morgan Pressel bt Anna Nordqvist 3 & 2

Match 28: Natalie Gulbis halved with Janice Moodie

United States bt Europe 16 - 12



Morning Fourballs (USA names first)

Match 9: Christina Kim & Michelle Wie bt Helen Alfredsson & Tania Elosegui 5 & 4

Match 10: Angela Stanford & Brittany Lang halved with Catriona Matthew & Diana Luna

Match 11: Nicole Castrale & Cristie Kerr lost to Suzann Pettersen & Anna Nordqvist 2down

Match 12: Brittany Lincicome & Kristy McPherson lost to Gwladys Nocera & Maria Hjorth 1down

Afternoon Foursomes:

Match 13: Paula Creamer & Juli Inkster lost to Sophie Gustafson & Janice Moodie 4 & 3

Match 14: Kristy McPherson & Morgan Pressel bt Helen Alfredsson & Suzann Pettersen 2up

Match 15: Natalie Gulbis & Christina Kim lost to Becky Brewerton & Gwladys Nocera 5 & 4

Match 16: Cristie Kerr & Michelle Wie bt Anna Nordqvist & Maria Hjorth 1up



Morning Fourballs (USA names first)

Match 1: Paula Creamer & Cristie Kerr bt Suzann Pettersen & Sophie Gustafson 1up

Match 2: Angela Stanford & Juli Inkster lost to Helen Alfredsson & Tania Elosegui 1down

Match 3: Brittany Lang & Brittany Lincicome bt Laura Davies & Becky Brewerton 5 & 4

Match 4: Morgan Pressel & Michelle Wie halved with Catriona Matthew & Maria Hjorth

USA 2½ Europe 1½

Afternoon Foursomes

Match 5: Christina Kim & Natalie Gulbis bt Suzann Pettersen & Sophie Gustafson 4 & 2

Match 6: Angela Stanford & Nicole Castrale lost to Becky Brewerton & Gwladys Nocera 3 & 1

Match 7: Kristy McPherson & Brittany Lang lost to Maria Hjorth & Anna Nordqvist 3 & 2

Match 8: Paula Creamer & Juli Inkster bt Catriona Matthew & Janice Moodie 2 & 1

United States 2 Europe 2

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see also
Europe draw level at Solheim Cup
23 Aug 09 |  Golf
Europe hit back but still trail
22 Aug 09 |  Golf
Davies craves Cup success in US
20 Aug 09 |  Golf
Davies qualifies for Solheim Cup
02 Aug 09 |  Golf
Neumann & Morley get Solheim call
25 Mar 08 |  Golf
Nicholas to lead Solheim Cup team
05 Nov 07 |  Golf

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