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Catriona Matthew calls time on Solheim Cup playing career

Catriona Matthew calls time on Solheim Cup playing career

The USA marched to a 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory at Des Moines, and Sorenstam says although she was proud of her team, the opposition deserved to win.

Why do they all want to play for Juli? Trailing Anna Nordqvist by four at the turn Thompson was eight under par on the first seven holes of the back nine to halve her match.

"I thought my afternoon matches, they played unbelievable golf, inspired golf". "Stacy threw some birdies at me early on and I just hung in there and hoped my time would come". Creamer, an alternate who made the team only after Jessica Korda pulled out of the competition with an injury, capped a 3-1 record for the week, while Kerr went 3-0-1 and upped her all-time points total to a record 21. Every time I looked up, there was a 30-footer rolling in from somwhere.

"But I want to congratulate the United States team, they played awesome golf".

The "Red-Wash" that was inflicted on them on Friday by the United States of America, meant that Europe would have to win nine of the twelve singles matches to take the Solheim Cup back to Europe.

The hosts' superiority in four-ball matches was decisive this time. "I felt like I had no control over anything", Inkster told reporters after guiding her team to a second consecutive victory. "And I think that really helps for the confidence of the team". Team USA retained the Cup. "I knew that she was going to be a fighter".




The Americans clinched at least a tie in the competition when rookie Angel Yin holed a five-foot par putt on the 18th hole to halve her match with Karine Icher of France to give Team USA 14 points. Anna Nordqvist had leadoff hitter Lexi Thompson on the ropes for the U.S. Nordqvist led 4 up going to the back nine, and Europe had some juice. And I knew they would. Thankfully, Juli Inkster was there for her talisman. I see a lot of me in her, just that grinder attitude, doesn't matter where the game is at.

England's Charley Hull finished one-up against Brittany Lang and there were also victories for Spain's Carlota Ciganda, 4&3 against Brittany Lincicome, and Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom, 3&2 at the expense of Austin Ernst. And Inkster, the victorious captain as well in 2015, joined Judy Rankin as the only women to captain to back-to-back winning U.S. Solheim Cup teams.

The Solheim Cup was extremely well attended from the moment Mel Reid smashed the opening drive of the contest on Friday morning, and the vast galleries can not deny that they got their money's worth. "I'm so proud how hard they fought".

SUPERSUB Catriona Matthew showed the fighting spirit Europe will need to avoid a hat-trick of defeats when the Solheim Cup moves to Scotland in 2019. Sometimes it's not about the results. "I've learned a lot the last 18 months and it's been a pleasure to represent the Ladies European Tour".

Five points behind heading into the final day singles, Annika Sorenstam's side needed to conjure the biggest comeback in the event's 27 year history.

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