Stanford still relishing Solheim Cup win


After flipping the script on a Solheim Cup record that had burdened her for years, Angela Stanford is still relishing her pivotal role in the historic American comeback at St. Leon-Rot.

Stanford's individual record in the biennial matches stood at 3-13-3 before Sunday's singles matches, and she had not won a single point for the U.S. since 2009. Despite her losing streak, which included a pair of losses earlier in the week in team format, Stanford defeated one of Europe's top players, Suzann Pettersen, to all but secure an American victory. 

Having had a few days to digest the quick turn of fortune, one that saw the U.S. erase a 10-6 deficit before winning, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2, Stanford spoke Friday on "Morning Drive" with a sense of relief after finally adding a point to the team ledger.

"It was more a feeling of I get to help. I get to help contribute to a team win," Stanford said. "That was the big deal for me. For the longest time, I just felt like I wasn't contributing on the scoreboard, and that's hard to do. So I was just so happy that as a team we won, and that I got to be a part of that."

Stanford, 37, was one of the oldest Americans on the squad in Germany and was playfully given the nickname "Fossil" by her teammates. But in the end the entire matches came down to her duel with Pettersen, who earlier in the day had created a controversy over the non-concession of a putt from Alison Lee. 

Stanford admitted that she took some extra motivation into her final match with the Norwegian, as Stanford had teamed with Lee in a fourball match earlier in the week and felt that the rookie had received a bad break.

"I think that's why I was so upset, because I know that Alison has played on Junior Solheims, and she understands what it means and she understands how important that competition is to both sides," Stanford said. "I think again just unfortunate that it happened to her, and hopefully both sides moving forward are better for it."

Following Pettersen's apology on Monday, the focus has begun to shift back to the U.S. comeback, the largest final-day rally in Solheim history and one in which Stanford was glad to play a role.

"I really just tried to be the best teammate I could be, and then hopefully win a point or two," she said. "But the whole purpose of making the team was to bring the Cup back, and that takes 12 of us, And I wanted to be a part of it."