Date: August 24, 2009
Author: PA Sport

USA seals Solheim victory

Hosts the USA dominated the singles to retain the Solheim Cup in emphatic fashion on day three at Rich Harvest Farm. Having put in a sterling effort in Saturday&aposs paired events, Europe captain Alison Nicholas saw her side comprehensively outclassed by the hosts, going down 8-4 on the day and 16-12 overall. Morgan Pressel scored the decisive point on the 16th green after Sweden&aposs Anna Nordqvist missed from eight feet, but there were winners throughout the card for Beth Nicholas&apos team. They established a position of complete dominance when the first three matches out yielded American wins – Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford and rookie superstar Michelle Wie getting the best of Suzann Pettersen, Becky Brewerton and Helen Alfredsson in their respective fixtures. Wales&apos Brewerton was particularly off-colour, going down 5&4, with Stanford in irresistible form. European talisman Laura Davies, who at 45 may be running out chances to helm a first victory on US soil, halved her match with Brittany Lang to get Europe on the scoreboard, while Gwladys Nocera, with half against Juli Inkster, and Catriona Matthew, with a 3&2 win over Kristy McPherson, restored some tension. Brittany Lincicome and Christina Kim added two more wins for the Team USA, Sophie Gustafson and Tania Elosegui on the losing side for the visitors, before Pressel sealed victory in the 11th match. Italy&aposs Diana Luna added a sheen of respectability with a 3&2 defeat of Nicole Castrale, while Janice Moodie and Natalie Gulbis halved their encounter on the 18th.