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.
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.
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.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017