Team USA has retained possession of the Solheim Cup, and they did it in a spectacular fashion, winning by the score of 16 1/2 to 11 1/2.
The issue never seemed to be in doubt from the beginning as Team USA jumped out to a 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 lead over Team Europe after Friday's foursome and four ball matches, and never looked back.
When they won five of the eight available points in team play on Saturday, giving them a 10 1/2 to 5 1/2 lead, the issue was all but over.
Going into Sunday's singles matches, Team USA needed just 3 1/2 of the total of 12 available points to keep the Solheim Cup in the USA. They did that quite easily winning 5 matches and tying two others.
|2017 Solheim Cup champions, Team USA|
This was a more laid back USA team than we have been use to seeing the past number of years. Gone was the face paint (the only painted faces we would see were on some of the players and coaches from Team Europe) and it seemed Captain Juli Inkster had her team taking a business-like approach to this year's Solheim Cup.
We got to see some spectacular golf by both teams throughout the three days. Team Europe played some spectacular golf but Team USA just played better. The Lexi Thompson - Anna Nordqvist match on Sunday will go down as one of the most spectacular matches in Solheim Cup history. This was a big shot in the arm for women's golf.
Here is how players from this year's Solheim Cup fared (wins-losses and ties):
Cristie Kerr (3-0-1)
Lexi Thompson (2-0-2)
Danielle Kang (3-1-0)
Paula Creamer (3-1-0)
Lizette Salas (3-1-0)
Brittany Lincicome (2-1-0)
Brittany Lang (2-1-0)
Gerina Piller (2-2-0)
Austin Ernst (2-2-0)
Angel Yin (1-1-1)
Michelle Wie (1-2-0)
Stacy Lewis (1-3-0)
Anna Nordqvist (3-0-1)
Catriona Matthew (3-1-0)
Karine Icher (2-1-1)
Georgia Hall (2-3-0)
Charly Hull (1-1-1)
Madelene Sagstrom (1-2-0)
Caroline Masson (1-3-0)
Carlota Ciganda (1-3-0)
Jodi Ewart Shadoff (1-3-0)
Mel Reid (0-3-1)
Florentyna Parker (0-2-0)
Emily Pedersen (0-3-0)
I am sure most of you know that Jessica Korda and Suzann Pettersen had to pull out of the competition due to injuries. Captain Juli Inkster named Paula Creamer, and Captain Annika Sorenstam named Catriona Matthew as their replacements. Many people questioned the choices made by the two captains, stating that there were other players more deserving. Both replacement players played exceptionally well with Matthews picking up 3 wins, no one on Team Europe had more. Creamer picked up 3 wins, no one on Team USA had more.
Team USA now takes a 10-5 lead in the overall series.
The big difference between the two teams was the play of their rookies. Team Europe had 4 rookies who combined for a 3-9-0 record. Team USA had 3 rookies who combined for a 6-4-1 record. Danielle Kang was the standout Solheim Rookie with a 3-1-0 record.
There certainly seems to be a "changing of the guard" for Team USA. Players such as Danielle Kang and Angel Yin appear to be players who will join Lexi Thompson in many future Solheim Cup events. Kang especially stood out, taking a major leadership role.
The combination of Reid, Ewart, Masson and Ciganda combined to go 3-12-1 which really gave Team Europe no chance of winning.
The combination of Kerr, Creamer, Kang, Salas, and Thompson had a combined record of 14-3-3. In my opinion, Cristie Kerr was the Team USA's MVP. She finished without a loss in her 4 matches and seemed to make every putt she had to make for 3 days.
On a final note, going into the 2015 season, the USA teams were widely criticized as individuals who could not play as a team. in the past 3 years they have won the following:
- 2015 Solheim Cup Champions
- 2016 International Crown Champions
- 2017 Solheim Cup Champions
This Week's Trivia Question: (for those who missed it earlier)
When and where was the first Solheim Cup held?
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