U.S. wins Solheim Cup, 16.5-11.5, to go back-to-back

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U.S. wins Solheim Cup, 16.5-11.5, to go back-to-back

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U.S. wins Solheim Cup, 16.5-11.5, to go back-to-back

The U.S. goes back-to-back at the Solheim Cup!

It was a hard-fought battle in Sunday singles even if the Americans started the day with a 5-point lead (10.5-5.5). In the end, the U.S. got to the 14-point barrier (and then some) to retain the Cup from 2015.

Lexi Thompson kicked everything off with an amazing comeback in the opening singles match. Anna Nordqvist (3-0 this week entering Sunday) won the first four holes of that contest and was 4 up through nine before Thompson posted an unbelievable seven-hole stretch in which she went 8 under. That moved Thompson from 4 down to 1 up and she would pull out a halve in a match she seemed almost certain to lose (she went undefeated for the week at 2-0-2).

Cristie Kerr followed with a 2-and-1 triumph over Mel Reid in the third match, and this moved Kerr to 21 career points in the Solheim Cup (she remains first in all-time career points for the U.S. in this event). Paula Creamer, the controversial alternate, defeated Georgia Hall, 1 up, in the second match to make it 13-6 U.S., and put the Americans within one point of the win.

Creamer now has 19.5 points in the Solheim Cup, putting her alone in second on the U.S. list ahead of Captain Juli Inkster (18.5 points). Creamer was 3-1 this week, while Kerr posted a 3-0-1 record.

It was all officially over a bit later. The Euros posted three wins in the meantime – Caroline Masson over Michelle Wie, 4 and 2; Catriona Matthew over Stacy Lewis, 1 up; Carlota Ciganda over Brittany Lincicome, 4 and 3 – to make it 13-9.

But Lizette Salas then went dormie-2 in her match against Jodie Ewart Shadoff to secure at least a half-point. So when Angel Yin rolled in a par putt to halve the 18th and her match with Karine Icher, the U.S. was guaranteed to reach 14 points and retain the Solheim Cup.

Salas then ended up winning her own match, 1 up, to move the U.S. to 14.5 points and put this as back-to-back wins officially in the record books.

Charley Hull defeated Brittany Lang, 1 up, and Madelene Sagstrom beat Austin Ernst, 3 and 2, to give the Euros their final two points. Gerina Piller defeated Florentyna Parker, 4 and 2, and the U.S. was up 15.5-11.5 with one match to go.

That final one, between Danielle Kang and Emily Pedersen, would be a 3-and-1 victory for Kang, as she goes 3-1 in her first Solheim Cup. Overall, it’s a 16.5-11.5 win for the U.S. as the team ties the singles session, 6-6.

The U.S. captured the Cup in stunning fashion in 2015 with a comeback from down 10-6. This one was a lot smoother, but in the end, this is indeed back-to-back!

We tracked it all on Sunday, catch up with what you may’ve missed from singles…

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UPDATE No. 29 (4:17 p.m. ET): Everything is done now!

The U.S. wins 16.5-11.5 after Kang pars 17 to win that hole and her match, 3 and 1. A 3-1 debut for her overall and a really bright Solheim future for Kang.

The session is an absolute draw (6-6) but that little matters. A smooth victory for the U.S. as the team goes back-to-back!

UPDATE No. 28 (4:01 p.m. ET): We’re coming to a conclusion. It’s now 15.5-11.5 the U.S. leads.

Danielle Kang is dormie-2 in the final match, so it looks like a 16.5-11.5 final is coming.

UPDATE No. 27 (3:51 p.m. ET): Salas wins her match, 1 up, over Ewart Shadoff and it’s now 14.5-9.5 for the U.S. The Americans had already retained the Cup, but this means back-to-back wins now in the record books.

UPDATE No. 26 (3:33 p.m. ET): The moment the U.S. retained the Solheim Cup. U.S. leads 13.5-9.5 after Angel Yin halved this match with Karine Icher.

But with Lizette Salas 2 up with two to play, the U.S. is guaranteed a half-point there, and that’s 14, so the Americans have retained the Cup. Back-to-back!

UPDATE No. 25 (3:27 p.m. ET): It’s now 13-9 the U.S. leads after Carlota Ciganda beats Brittany Lincicome, 4 and 3.

But Lizette Salas is dormie in her match against Ewart Shadoff. So that’s a half-point at least. If Angel Yin halves 18 and her match against Karine Icher, the U.S. takes the Solheim Cup.

UPDATE No. 24 (3:20 p.m. ET): Europe is staving off defeat, if only for a few moments. Catriona Matthew beats Stacy Lewis, 1 up, in the fourth match (coming back from 3 down to capture this one) after Caroline Masson down Michelle Wie, 4 and 2.

It’s now 13-8, U.S. The Americans need just one point to win, and they lead in three remaining matches and are all square in another.

UPDATE No. 23 (3:01 p.m. ET): Paula Creamer, the controversial alternate, wins the 18th with a par and takes her match against Georgia Hall, 1 up.

Creamer was 3-1 this week. That win moves her to second alone on the all-time U.S. points list at the Solheim Cup with 19.5. The U.S. is now leading 13-6, just one point from victory with nine matches left.

UPDATE No. 22 (2:55 p.m. ET): Cristie Kerr downs Mel Reid, 2 and 1, and that means a 3-0-1 week for her.

Kerr now has 21 career points in the Solheim Cup, with Captain Juli Inkster  and Paula Creamer second on the U.S. list with 18.5. What a week for Kerr. The U.S. now leads 12-6.

UPDATE No. 21 (2:39 p.m. ET): Two hours ago, we couldn’t have believed we would type this …  but Thompson posts a disappointing opening halve.

Only very slightly disappointing. Thompson loses the 18th after Nordqvist stuffs it in for birdie, but Lexi lost the first four holes of this match, was 4 down at the turn and then played her next seven holes in 8 under to take the lead.

Unbelievable golf, unbelievable match. We don’t care if Lexi lost the 18th, this is an incredible halve. Props, to Nordqvist, too, for her amazing play and ability to fight for the halve after Thompson’s onslaught. The score is now 11-6. Thompson went 2-0-2 for the week.

UPDATE No. 20 (2:30 p.m. ET): There are 11 other matches on the course. We keep you up to date on how it’s all panning out.

The Americans now lead seven matches, the Euros are only up in three. U.S. fans can relax, this has the makings of an absolute blowout.

UPDATE No. 19 (2:28 p.m. ET): Lexi actually bogeyed 17, but it was still enough to halve the hole. She’s 1 up going to 18, which at worst means a halve for her in this match.

What an incredible comeback.

UPDATE No. 18 (2:20 p.m. ET): Sounds about right…

UPDATE No. 17 (2:15 p.m. ET): Ladies and gentlemen, Lexi Thompson now leads Anna Nordqvist in the opening match.

Birdie-Eagle-Par-Birdie-Birdie-Eagle-Birdie. From 4 down to 1 up in the last seven holes. Honestly feels like she’s playing a video game, hardly can believe she’s doing this even though it’s televised.

UPDATE No. 16 (1:58 p.m. ET): Wow, Lexi might win this match!

She buries a 30-footer for EAGLE to win the 15th and square this match. Remember, she lost the first four holes and was 4 down at the turn to Anna Nordqvist, who is 3-0 this week. Unreal fight from Thompson in the first match out.

UPDATE No. 15 (1:51 p.m. ET): Danielle Kang takes a 1-up lead in the anchor match thanks to this BOMB from another state. Yeah, we think she likes the Solheim Cup.

UPDATE No. 14 (1:45 p.m. ET): If it was closer entering the day, this turnaround from Lexi Thompson might be the most important in Solheim Cup history.

With the U.S. leading in five matches and already up five, though, this comeback isn’t necessary. Doesn’t dampen how amazing it is.

Thompson has gone birdie-eagle-par-birdie-birdie in her last five holes to rocket from 4 down to 1 down in this opening match against Nordqvist. Again, the U.S. will probably still win if Lexi’s comeback falls short, but a Lexi win could be the final nail in the coffin.

UPDATE No. 13 (1:25 p.m. ET): After the Euros were up in five matches to the U.S.’ one less than an hour ago, both teams now lead in five matches.

So Europe needs an even bigger miracle now, because they were five points down to start the day.

UPDATE No. 12 (1:12 p.m. ET): By the way, Lexi Thompson is roaring back in this opening match. She won the 10th and followed with another at the 11th thanks to this hole-out for eagle.

She’s now just 2 down.

UPDATE No. 11 (1:05 p.m. ET): Euros lead in six matches, U.S. leads in three. American fans can still feel mostly safe, but a little bit on edge.

UPDATE No. 10 (12:40 p.m. ET): Every single match is off. As we said, so far Euros look really good. They would win this session by three points if everything remained as it was. But U.S. would still win Solheim Cup in that scenario, and still a long way to go.

Nordqvist is 3-0 this week and pummeling Lexi Thompson in opening match. The Swede won the first four holes and after falling to 3 up birdied the ninth to make the turn at 4 up.

UPDATE No. 9 (12:25 p.m. ET): Do the Europeans have a chance? So far, yes!

Still a ton needs to happen in their favor, but they lead five matches while the U.S. is only up in two. Essentially, they can’t lose any of these leads and they need pretty much any all square matches to turn their way.

UPDATE No. 8 (12:10 p.m. ET): Most but not all matches are off so far. In the early stages here, Euros have slight upperhand in the session, but they’re going to need a lot more than this to make up a five-point deficit.

The U.S. already has sizable leads in matches Nos. 3 and 4, which is BIG. If Euros can someone how turn those, then they might have a chance.

UPDATE No. 7 (12:03 p.m. ET): Georgia Hall chips in for eagle at the fifth, and that moves her to 1 down after Creamer was 2 up through three in this second match.

UPDATE No. 6 (11:59 a.m. ET): The opening match is an early blowout. Nordqvist won the first four holes of this one against Thompson. Lexi has since won the fifth to move 3 down, but that’s still a lot of trouble early.

UPDATE No. 5 (11:49 a.m. ET): Cristie Kerr walks in a birdie putt at the fourth to move 2 up in the third match. Kerr is still killing it this week.

UPDATE No. 4 (11:20 a.m. ET): Paula Creamer has opened up a 2-up lead through three holes over Georgia Hall in the second match. with Norqvist pummeling Thompson early (3 up through three), it’s big for Creamer to thrive in the No. 2 spot.

UPDATE No. 3 (10:59 a.m. ET): This may be the feistiest match of the day.

Cristie Kerr vs. Mel Reid are off in singles match No. 3. LET’S GO.

UPDATE No. 2 (10:55 a.m. ET): Two singles matches have gotten through the first hole and so far it’s a wash.

Anna Nordqvist has jumped on Lexi Thompson in the opener, as the Swede is 2 up through two. But Paula Creamer wins the first hole against Georgia Hall to go 1 up in that match. So one Euro lead, one American lead.

UPDATE No. 1 (10:28 a.m. ET): The first singles tee time is about ready to go. We’ve collected some of the morning’s happenings below, as well as a link to all tee times.

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