United States retain Solheim Cup with win over Europe

United States retain Solheim Cup with win over Europe

The United States retained the Solheim Cup with a 16½-11½ victory over Europe at Des Moines in Iowa.

The hosts went into Sunday's singles matches with a commanding 10½-5½ lead and kept their nerve to hold off Europe's attempted fightback.

Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer both won their matches before Angel Yin secured a half point that put Juli Inkster's team on the brink of triumph.

Lizette Salas clinched victory with a one up win over Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

"To secure the point that wins us the Solheim Cup is unbelievable," said Salas. "My hands were shaking. This is really special."

The United States have now won five of the last seven competitions and 10 from 15 since the Solheim Cup began in 1990.

"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 really haven't been nervous all week but today I was a little bit. It's an honour to captain this team and I'm really proud of the girls."

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

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