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USA beat Europe to claim second straight Solheim Cup

The USA bested Europe for a second consecutive time on Sunday with a 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 Solheim Cup triumph.

It was a commanding performance by the Americans, who took soared into an early five-point lead heading into the day’s 12 singles matches at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.

The scoreboard showed the 14 1/2 points needed for an outright victory when Lizette Salas sank a par putt at the 18th for a 1-up win over Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England.

"My hands are still shaking just thinking about it," said Salas, who was draped in a US flag on the green in a low-key celebration.

The USA team were assured the win thanks to the number of matches they’d already won, making the eventual victory pretty much already having been decided.

With captain Annika Sorenstam's Europe needing the biggest final-day comeback in Solheim Cup history to snatch the prize, Nordqvist set an early tone by winning the first four holes as Thompson struggled.

However, the American came alive on the back nine with a gutsy display that included holing out for an eagle at the 11th and an eagle at 15 to square the match.

Thompson, who was six-under on the back nine, won the 16th with a birdie to take a 1-up lead that she took to 18 after both players bogeyed the par-three 17th.

The World No.2 was on the green in two at the last when Nordqvist fired her approach to within two feet. Thompson conceded the birdie putt, and when she couldn't get her own long attempt to drop the match ended halved.

"We just got outplayed, there's no doubt about it," said Sorenstam, adding she was proud of her players' determination in the face of adversity.

"They were out there fighting for every single point," she said after her players grabbed six of the 12 points on offer on the final day.

Inkster joined Judy Rankin as the only women to captain back-to-back winning US Solheim Cup teams.

"I'm just proud of my team," she said after the 10th American victory in 15 editions since the matches began in 1990. "I really haven't been nervous all week, but I was a little nervous today.

"It's just an honour to captain this team, and I'm really honoured to captain these girls."




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