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Solheim Cup recaps: Europe wins 18-10

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OVERALL: EUROPE 18, U.S. 10

SUNDAY SINGLES: EUROPE 7 1/2, U.S. 4 1/2

MATCH 17: Stacy Lewis (US) halved with Anna Nordqvist

Nordqvist built a 2-up lead and Lewis fought back to take a 1-up lead into the last two holes but lost the 17th. A half-point is probably how this match deserved to end.

MATCH 18: Charley Hull (E) def. Paula Creamer, 5 and 4

The 17-year-old was too much to handle and made five birdies in 14 holes. Creamer did not play well in a spot that was a must-win for the U.S.

MATCH 19: Brittany Lang (US) def. Azahara Munoz, 2 and 1

Lang was the highest point-earneR for the U.S. and capped off a great week for her, but a terrible week for her team. Struggled early in this match, but found form late.

MATCH 20: Carlota Ciganda (E) def. Morgan Pressel, 4 and 2

Ciganda’s rookie Solheim Cup started terribly, but she birdied the last five holes in the match and pulled away from Pressel, who was an overwhelming favorite.

MATCH 21: Caroline Hedwall (E) def. Michelle Wie, 1 up

Fitting that it was Hedwall who clinched the point that retained the cup for Europe. It was an epic performance and the win gave Hedwall a perfect 5-0 record.

MATCH 22: Gerina Piller (US) halved with Catriona Matthew

Half-point won the cup outright for Europe when Matthew drained a key par putt on the last hole. Matthew didn’t play well all week, but was clutch when it mattered.

MATCH 23: Lizette Salas (US) halved with Suzann Pettersen

Pettersen missed a short putt on 18 that would’ve won the match outright but it didn’t matter. This was a well-played match. It’s a shame it didn’t matter.

MATCH 24: Jessica Korda (US) halved with Giulia Sergas

Korda won the 16th hole to take a 1-up lead but lost the 18th hole for a halve. Another match that didn’t matter. Neither player played particularly well.

MATCH 25: Lexi Thompson (US) def. Caroline Masson, 4 and 3

The cup was already clinched so this match didn’t matter. Still, Masson played poorly and handed rookie Thompson the easy victory.

MATCH 26: Jodi Ewart-Shadoff (E) def. Brittany Lincicome, 3 and 2

Ewart Shadoff made four birdies in a six-hole stretch to easily win this match. A great rookie showing for Ewart Shadoff ended with a 2-1 record.

MATCH 27: Beatriz Recari (E) def. Angela Stanford, 2 and 1

Stanford did birdie four of five holes on the back nine but Recari was too steady throughout. Stanford had the dubious distinction of going 0-4 for the week.

MATCH 28: Cristie Kerr (US) halved with Karine Icher

This match was halved on the 18th hole after both players hit their approach shots. Kerr was put in the anchor spot in case the match mattered. It didn’t.


SATURDAY FOURBALLS: EUROPE 4, U.S. 0

MATCH 13: Ewart Shadoff-Hull def. Creamer-Thompson, 2 up

Neither team had more than a 1-up advantage until the last hole. The difference here was a Thompson miss from 5 feet and a Hull make from 4 feet on the 17th hole for birdie.

MATCH 14: Ciganda-Munoz def. Stanford-Piller, 1 up

Ciganda, after a horrid performance the day before, closed with a clutch 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the match. Stanford dropped to 0-3 this week.

MATCH 15: Masson-Hedwall def. Wie-Korda, 2 and 1

A better-than-average match but the story here remains Hedwall, who moved to a perfect 4-0 record after two days. She’s an unstoppable force who is made for this event.

MATCH 16: Recari-Icher def. Kerr-Pressel, 1 up

The Americans were 3 down after 10 holes and took the match to the 18th hole. But Icher drained a 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to put an exclamation point on an afternoon sweep.


SATURDAY FOURSOMES: U.S. 2 1/2, EUROPE 1 1/2

MATCH 9: Nordqvist-Hedwall (E) def. Pressel-Korda, 2 and 1

Nordqvist closed out the match with an ace on the 17th hole. The shot of the tournament. This was a well-played match down the stretch. Hedwall is now 3-0 for the week.

MATCH 10: Lewis-Creamer (US) def. Munoz-Icher, 1 up

Epic match that produced 12 birdies. Europe went a six-hole stretch where it birdied five holes, but it butchered the last hole to hand the Americans the point.

MATCH 11: Matthew-Masson (E) halved Lincicome-Salas

Feels like more of a loss for the Americans, who were 2 up at several points during the match, including on the 16th hole. Europe won the last two holes for the halve.

MATCH 12: Wie-Lang (US) def. Pettersen-Recari, 2 and 1

Wie made the winning putt on the 17th hole and is 2-0 so far this week. She and Lang handed Pettersen her first loss of the week, moving to 2-1.


FRIDAY FOURBALLS: EUROPE 2, U.S. 2

MATCH 5: Pettersen-Ciganda (E) def. Lewis-Thompson, 1 up

Europe won but the story here is that Lewis lost both her matches on the first day. Some things just defy explanation. Lewis and Thompson failed to make a birdie in the last nine holes.

MATCH 6: Masson-Hedwall (E) def. Stanford-Piller, 2 and 1

This was a good match with good golf but Masson and Hedwall were unflappable down the stretch to hold on. Stanford and Piller put up a valiant effort in defeat.

MATCH 7: Lincicome-Lang (US) def. Nordqvist-Sergas, 4 and 3

Nordqvist and Sergas only birdied one hole and never were in the match from there. The long-hitting Brittanys cruised and closed the match with consecutive birdies.

MATCH 8: Kerr-Wie (US) def. Matthew-Hull, 2 and 1

Michelle Wie looked like the Michelle Wie of old and made five birdies. She and Kerr paired well together and even though the score looked close, they seemed in control.


FRIDAY FOURSOMES: EUROPE 3, U.S. 1

MATCH 1: Nordqvist-Hedwall (E) def. Lewis-Salas, 4 and 2

Nordqvist-Hedwall was a terrific alternate-shot pairing, hitting numerous fairways and greens while Lewis was surprisingly shaky and Salas was surprisingly steady. 

MATCH 2: Pettersen-Recari (E) def. Lang-Stanford, 2 and 1

Early momentum continued for Europe. The match was fairly good golf, the difference was a late bogey from the U.S. and a late birdie from Europe. 

MATCH 3: Pressel-Korda (US) def. Matthew-Ewart-Shadoff, 3 and 2

Unlike the previous match, this was shaggy golf. Europe made four bogeys and a lone birdie, and the U.S. made two birdies and two bogeys to cruise. 

MATCH 4: Munoz-Icher (E) def. Kerr-Creamer, 2 and 1

Surprise, surprise. Munoz-Icher easily took down America’s strongest duo. The difference was a three-hole stretch (8-10) where Europe made three birdies, all with putts of 20 feet or longer.