Solheim Cup Team USA

Solheim Cup Team USA

IT was the kind of uphill struggle that would've had Sherpa Tenzing beating a wheezing retreat to base camp and, in the end, the task proved too great for a spirited Team Europe as the United States of America won the Solheim Cup here in Des Moines by a 16 ½ - 11 ½ margin. The omens were not good.

Kang's putting was solid throughout the day - and back-to-back birdie putts sealed her and Wie's win after 17 holes. What was important was that the Europeans got off to a good start.

Only one European, number 13 Anna Nordqvist, is ranked in the top 20 in the world, while the US has four players - number two Thompson, as well as Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Danielle Kang.

Lincicome birdied the first six holes, an unprecedented run for the Floridian.

In proving the value of captaincy, a turning point for Thompson appeared to be a pep talk from Inkster and her assistant Nancy Lopez.

Sorenstam had maintained her upbeat sense of defiant optimism.

Though it is her opinion, Inkster's argument has plenty of backing. Some words of wisdom and a hug from the captain saw Thompson find her mojo.

Nordqvist admitted getting rattled by Thompson's back nine comeback.

Paula Creamer gave the Americans their first win on Sunday by edging Georgia Hall.

But the young English star rattled in the putt to secure the first point for Europe since Friday lunchtime.

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She won thirteen as well, and finally pulled level at the 15 with a short birdie putt. However, Hall can still hold her head high after her first Solheim Cup.

The mistakes continued over the next two holes as Creamer and Ernst were gifted another two wins with pars, and the match was conceded on the 15th green with the Europeans out of position once again.

Cristie Kerr became the highest American Solheim Cup points victor when she collected her 19th point on Saturday.

Brittany Linicome of team US plays a shot at The Solheim Cup in 2015. Then, Carlotta Ciganda demolished Brittany Lincicome to earn another point for Europe. At least there was Catriona Matthew.

"She hasn't doubted us in four years", Stacy Lewis said. "It's amusing, I have a running joke with my husband that if I make three birdies in a row, he has to send me a picture with the shirt off".

She was supposed to be in Iowa learning the ropes for he expected captaincy at Gleneagles in two years' time. They rallied to win in Germany in 2015 and have taken five of the last seven matches - the exception being that 18-10 blowout that Europe handed the Colorado in 2013.

Her must-make putt on the 18th to claim victory for the United States of America was the defining moment back in 2015.

"The European team will always have a place in my heart". The only question was how big the defeat would actually be? But if you enjoy seeing players light it up until you're hoarse, it would be hard to draw up a better four hours. And it makes me a little upset, because I think we've got a great product and I think the golf is fantastic.

That never came close to happening, but the Europeans fought to the very end, matching Team USA with five wins in singles.

Pedersen did manage to win the fourth and sixth with birdies of her own either side of another home win before Yin's birdie at the eighth followed by a Salas birdie at nine took the rampant U.S. pair four ahead at the turn.