Solheim Cup 2017: Lexi Thompson delights Des Moines in United States of America victory

22 August, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Michelle Wie is rocking bedazzled U.S.A shoes at the Solheim Cup

"We had a great leadership team and players to work with and I couldn't have asked for anymore".

"They played with a lot of pride and a lot of heart".

The Americans are 10-5 in the biennial tournament after their biggest win since a 17-11 triumph in 1996 in Wales.

Lexi Thompson fought back from four down to snatch a half against Sweden's Anna Nordqvist in a memorable opening contest before Paula Creamer claimed a one-up win against England's Georgia Hall and Cristie Kerr beat Melissa Reid, also of England, 2&1.

"I mean, it's great", said Thompson of the split point. "And the back nine I just played lights out".

Creamer was added to the team when Jessica Korda had to withdraw because of a shoulder injury. "It doesn't matter how many of these you play in, you are always going to be nervous but I managed to get over that". "We played for each other".

They picked up seven out of eight points in the format, which more than made up for the slightly better European record in foursomes (alternate shot) matches.

As the US captain in 2015, she watched her team overcome a 10-6 deficit on the final day.

"I am very honoured (to be captain)".

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Lizette Salas clinched victory with a one up win over Jodi Ewart Shadoff. Kerr would leave Des Moines as the USA's record points scorer in the Solheim Cup. "I knew that she was going to be a fighter".

Ghim narrowly lost the chance to play in the Masters in 2014 when he blew a lead on the final hole of the U.S. Public Links Amateur, a failure that annoys and motivates the University of Texas senior to this day.

The drama of Thompson's comeback- "I'm exhausted and I'm speechless", Nordqvist said of the match - wasn't matched the rest of the day, but for the Americans, it didn't have to be. But today I was a little bit nervous. Beyond being well liked and respected by her players, nine of whom played on both of Inkster's teams, the Hall of Famer encourages fun and inspires excellence. And I knew they would.

For Europe, Catriona Matthew beat Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks) 1 up, Caroline Masson topped Michelle Wie 4 and 2, Charley Hull edged Brittany Lang 1 up, Carlota Ciganda beat Brittany Lincicome 4 and 3, and Madelene Sagstrom defeated Austin Ernst 3 and 2. But I'm proud of them. "There was never a doubt, and I think a lot of that comes from your captain".

"I said this was a one-time thing for me", she said.

It was the half point that resulted from the first match of the day that was by far the most dramatic. The Ladies European Tour is slumping, with an uncertain future.

With three points from four outings after only learning on Saturday that she might be needed due to Suzann Pettersen's back problem, Matthew might have briefly considered a tenth playing appearance next time at Gleneagles, where she is widely regarded as favourite to succeed Annika Sorenstam as Team Europe's captain.

With so many youngsters flying high in the world rankings in both the men's and women's games now, it was refreshing to see the "old guard" putting in some incredible performances at the Solheim Cup.


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