Team USA Retains The Cup, Win Solheim Cup 16 ½ - 11 ½
A half point at the last from rookie Angel Yin ensured Team USA would retain the Cup with Lizette Salas 2up with two to play, which secured the other critical half needed to win the Cup. Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr secured points in the second and third matches of the day to add to the Americans’ total.
Salas went on to defeat Jodi Ewart Shadoff 1up. Gerina Piller defeated Florentyna Parker 4&2. Danielle Kang defeated Emily Pedersen 3&1.
It was the half point that resulted from the first match of the day that was by far the most dramatic. Lexi Thompson, seemingly out of sorts, fell 4down to Anna Nordqvist through the first four holes. It wasn’t until the back nine that Thompson woke up as she said and turned the match around. On the back nine, Thompson holed out for eagle from the fairway at the par five, 11th and added four more birdies to take her first lead of the match by going 1up at the 16th. But Nordqvist battled back and stuck her approach to a foot at the last to halve the match.
Europe Battles Back
Caroline Masson pulled out a surprising defeat of Michelle Wie in the sixth match of the day. Masson struggled without a win early in the week but took command on Sunday with a birdie at the third to take the lead and never looked back. Wie never led the match and Masson closed her out 4&2 to put the first point of the day on the board for Team Europe. Carlota Ciganda jumped out to the early lead ahead of Brittany Lincicome with a birdie at the second and remained in control for the remainder of the match and closed out Lincicome 4&3. Rookie Madelene Sagstrom put on a similar performance in her match with Austin Ernst, taking the lead at the third and never giving it up for the remainder of the match. Sagstrom won 3&2.
How It Played Out
Where to Next?
The 16th edition of the Solheim Cup will be staged at Gleneagles in Scotland September 13-15, 2019. Click here for more about the next matches.