Solheim Cup Final: Blue Cheer
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/19/13
On Saturday morning, Team USA went 2-1-1 to get within one point of Team Europe, who led 6½ to 5½ at the break. But the Europeans absolutely blew away the American women in the afternoon, taking all four matches and giving themselves a monumental lead:
So, when Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and American Stacy Lewis teed off during the noon hour in Parker, Colorado, Nordqvist and her teammates needed just 3½ more points to keep the Solheim Cup — and to win it on the road for the first time ever.
The stands at Colorado Golf Club were full — and they were full early, with the noise being generated fairly equally by fans of both teams. And regardless of the Americans' slim chance of reaching 14½ points to take back the Solheim Cup, the drama was still unmistakable.
Sunday Singles MatchesIn the order of finish:
Then at 5:18 p.m. MDT, when American Lizette Salas was pulling back her putter on a 17-foot birdie attempt on the 15th green, officials sounded the weather horns because lightning was striking near the course. Salas did very well to not actually hit the putt. The storm skirted Colorado Golf Club, allowing officials to restart play at 6:15 p.m. MDT.
After that, it was merely academic. When Karine Icher and Cristie Kerr agreed to halve their match at the 18th green, the final score was:
Neither the Solheim Cup nor the Ryder Cup have a Conn Smythe Trophy equivalent, but if one existed, it would have to go to Caroline Hedwall. She made golf history by being the first woman to go 5-0-0 in the Solheim Cup. And when her singles match was all-square in the 18th fairway, with intense pressure and anticipation palpable, Hedwall delivered the second- or third-best shot of the week.
Her teammates also made golf history by winning the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time ever — and with six rookies, who went an eye-popping 12-6-3!
Golf Channel's Kay Cockerill noted that Spain had three players at the 1987 Ryder Cup when Team Europe won for the first time on U.S. soil. This week, Team Europe had three Spanish women: Carlota Ciganda, Beatriz Recari, and Azahara Muñoz. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how many German teammates Caroline Masson will have in 2015, when the Solheim Cup Matches are held at Golf Club Sankt Leon-Rot, just south of Heidelberg.
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