United States retain Solheim Cup

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The United States have retained the Solheim Cup by securing an unassailable 14½-9½ lead over Europe in Iowa.

The hosts went into Sunday’s singles matches with a 10½-5½ lead at Des Moines 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.

One match is yet to finish before the final score is confirmed.

Thompson fightback inspires home team

World number two Lexi Thompson was four down to Europe’s leading player Anna Nordqvist after nine holes, but rallied superbly to take the lead heading into the 18th of a high-quality match.

Nordqvist, who had won all three of her matches over the first two days despite still recovering from a bout of glandular fever, hit an inspired approach shot on the last to halve the match.

But the American team had the momentum and Kerr wrapped up a 2&1 victory over Mel Reid on the 17th and moments later Creamer won one up against Georgia Hall.

That left the hosts needing one more point to triumph but victories from Germany’s Caroline Masson, who beat Michelle Wie 3&2, and veteran Scot Catriona Matthew, who trailed all the way until the 15th before beating Stacy Lewis one up, made the scoreboard look more respectable.

Angel Yin looked like she would complete the hosts’ victory but she bogeyed the 17th and only halved her match with France’s Karine Icher.

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda thrashed Brittany Lincicome 4&3 before Salas held off England’s Ewart Shadoff for a one up victory on the 18th.

England’s Florentyna Parker lost 4&2 to Gerina Piller but Charley Hull, who missed all of Saturday’s play because of a wrist injury, battled to a one up victory over Brittany Lang, and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom earned a 3&2 win over Austin Ernst.

The competition finished with Emily Kristine Pedersen losing to Danielle Kang but the European team showed their team spirit by walking arm in arm down the 16th fairway with the Swede.


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