Team USA retained the 2017 Solheim Cup with what turned out to be a comfortable win by five points.
Wins from Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller, and Danielle Kang, combined with halves from Lexi Thompson and Angel Yin and were enough to see USA win 16 ½ – 11 ½.
However, there was plenty of blue on the board early in the day to cause Captain Juli Inkster some concern, as the European’s looked to re-write the record books. However, Inkster’s team remained calm and ultimately Sorenstam’s side had left themselves too much to do heading into the singles.
Arguably the match of the day was the first one on Sunday between Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson. Europe’s Anna Nordqvist went 4up through the first four holes, and the score would remain that way at the turn before Thompson made four birdies and two eagles between holes 10 and 16 to find herself 1up. Nordqvist responded with a birdie of her own on the last to see the match end All Square.
“I’m just speechless right now,” Nordqvist said. “I played great all day. And the way she turned it around, I mean, I hit it to, what, three feet on 11 and she ends up making for eagle. And hit a great shot into 15, after we tied 14, made a good putt there. Didn’t quite expect her to make that putt and mine ended up lipping out.
“Quality golf from Lexi on the back nine. To be 8-under over seven holes, very impressed. I had a great number into the last and hit a really good golf shot. But I’m tired and speechless right now. It’s been a great week.”
The United States have now won five of the last seven competitions and ten from 15 since the Solheim Cup began in 1990. The 2019 tournament will take place at Gleneagles.