Tue, Aug 25, 2009 - Page 19 News List

US win third straight Solheim Cup

AP , SUGAR GROVE, ILLINOIS

Paula Creamer of the US does a handstand while celebrating her team’s victory in the Solheim Cup in Sugar Grove, Illinois, on Sunday.

PHOTO: AFP

Morgan Pressel delivered the winning point with her 3-and-2 victory over Anna Nordqvist on Sunday, as the Americans won their third straight Solheim Cup with a 16-12 decision over Europe on Sunday.

After Nordqvist missed an 8-foot putt to keep the match alive, Pressel’s teammates, who had been watching at the side of the green, leaped up and started celebrating.

“This is so important to us,” Pressel said, wiping away tears. “It’s not about pride. It’s not about money. It’s about country. It’s about our teammates.”

The Americans were heavy favorites this week. They had some of the top players in the world while four of Europe’s players were ranked 125th or lower. Annika Sorenstam, Europe’s anchor the last decade, is no longer playing. And the US had won the last two Solheim Cups, and were unbeaten on US soil.

But Europe captain Alison Nicholas pulled out every trick she could this week to inspire her team, including video messages from Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, whose “Spanish Armada” was regarded as the greatest partnership in Ryder Cup history.

Midway through Sunday afternoon, Europe was leading in six of the 12 matches.

Angela Stanford gave the Americans their first boost, beating Becky Brewerton 5 and 4 to give the US the first point of the day. Paula Creamer followed with a victory over Suzann Pettersen shortly after, and Michelle Wie rebounded to beat Helen Alfredsson 1 up.

Wie, whose 3-0-1 record was the best of any American this week, grabbed a US flag and held it aloft to cries of “Wheee!” from the crowd.

As the last three matches finished, there were shrieks of joy when the next American joined the party, and new rounds of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”

When the last match was over, they ran around the 18th green hugging each other and waving American flags.

■WYNDHAM

AP, GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

Ryan Moore won with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden death playoff against Kevin Stadler on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship to capture his first title on the PGA Tour.

Moore, who vaulted up the leaderboard with five consecutive birdies on the back nine, had two chances to seal the victory after his approach on No. 18 landed in the middle of the green and rolled to 6 feet. He sank that putt for his first victory in his 112th event.

Stadler’s second shot on the third playoff hole skipped off the back of the green. He chipped within 20 feet, but his putt drifted to the low side of the cup.

That cleared the way for Moore to pick up US$918,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points for winning the final tournament before the playoffs start later this week.

■DUTCH OPEN

AP, ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS

England’s Simon Dyson came from six shots back at the start of the final round to clinch the KLM Open, beating Ireland’s Peter Lawrie and Sweden’s Peter Hedblom in a playoff on Sunday.

After claiming six birdies in his first 12 holes, Dyson carded a course record-equaling seven under 63 and then birdied the first extra hole for his second title at the Dutch Open.

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