The U.S. team won the Solheim Cup Sunday after a dominating performance at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.
With the United States leading 10½-5½ after two days of foursomes and four-ball matches, American Lexi Thompson led off in the Sunday singles matches against Europe’s Anna Nordqvist. Nordqvist won the first four holes against Thompson to take an early 4-up lead. Even heading into the back nine, Thompson was 4 down, but then something clicked. Thompson went 8 under in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 10-16. Thompson had a 1-up lead heading to 18th green, but Nordqvist stuck her approach shot to a foot. Thompson had a chance to answer, but missed a birdie putt from 25 feet. The two players halved the match.
Oh Lexi! Bam! Gets one back with this! #SolheimCup2017
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Cristie Kerr, who is the all-time points leader for the United States in the Solheim Cup with 21½ points, subsequently won her singles match against Mel Reid, 2 and 1.
Paula Creamer secured a 1-up victory over Georgia Hall to add another full point for the Americans. Hall missed a 6-footer for par on No. 18 allowing, Creamer to prevail.
With American Lizette Salas 2 up with two holes to play in her match against Jodi Ewart Shadoff and thereby guaranteed a half-point, Angel Yin ensured the U.S. squad would retain the Solheim Cup by halving her match against Europe’s Karine Icher.
About 20 minutes later, Salas closed out Ewart Shadoff, 1 up, to push the U.S. to 14½ points and ensure an outright victory.