Things we learnt from the Solheim Cup

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You’ve got to hand it to the Americans who staged one of the greatest comebacks in Solheim Cup history to win the coveted silverware at shellshocked Europe’s expense on Sunday.

Juli Inkster’s plucky side trailed 10-6 after the morning four-balls, but won eight-and-a-half points from 12 singles to regain the title they last won in 2009.

Here’s what we learnt from America’s dramatic victory in Germany.

*World rankings don’t lie. Collectively the Americans are much better placed than their European counterparts and that gulf was there for all to see in the singles.  

*Like their men, the Americans burst into life as individual… but struggle to gel and get the job done in the team formats.

* Even with a four-point cushion, the Americans still believed they could come out on top.” “The girls were awesome. Everybody did their job. I couldn’t be more proud of them, said US captain Inkster.

* Not very ladylike. American Alison Lee was wrong to assume she would be awarded a short putt in the four-balls and prompted Suzann Petersen to point out to the referee that the match 18ins putt hadn’t been conceded.

*Adding fuel to the fire. It proved the wrong call and only succeeded in winding up an already well fired up US side. Stressed Inkster: “After this morning they were all fired up.”

*Solheim Cup stalwart and four-time major winner Laura Davies was critical of Norwegian Pettersen, saying: “I am disgusted. Suzann has let herself and her team down.”

*Win, win, win. Professional sport is all about securing victory – whatever the cost with sportsmanship seemingly a thing of the past. What a shame and not a great example for youngsters, boys and girls, looking to make their way in the game…

 

 

 

 

 

 

EUROPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCORE

Halved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA

Thompson

Matthew

US win 2UP

Pressel

Icher

Europe win 3&2

Lincicome

 

 

 

Reid

Europe win 2&1

Lang

Nocera

 

 

US win 3&1

Lee

Masson

US win 1UP

Piller

Nordqvist

Europe win 2&1

Lewis

Munoz

US win 3&1

Salas

Pettersen

US win 2&1

Stanford

Hull

US win 3&2

Kerr

Hedwall

US win 6&4

Wie

Gal

US win 4&3

Creamer

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