Catriona Matthew calls time on Solheim Cup playing career

by Antonio Miles August 22, 2017, 0:37
Catriona Matthew calls time on Solheim Cup playing career

Belief was not stronger than math, though, and the 15th edition of the biennial matches finished as many thought it would, with the USA winning for the second time in a row.

Being the holders, the hosts only needed to reach 14 points to keep the trophy and it was Angel Yin who got them over the line with her half point against Karine Icher as Lizette Salas was guaranteed at least a half point in her match against Jodi Ewart Shadoff. She played in four matches over the three days and posted a 3-1 record.

She explained on Sky Sports: "I'm glad we had the lead because Europe came out fighting".

The relatable and reliable Inkster became the first USA captain in Solheim history to lead two teams to victory.

Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson produced one of the best singles matches in Solheim Cup history.

In the first and best match of the day, world number two Lexi Thompson was four down to Europe's leading player Anna Nordqvist after nine holes.

Thompson, who was eight-under on the back nine, won the 16th with a birdie to take a 1-up lead that she took to 18 after both players bogeyed the par-three 17th.

"That had to be the weirdest round of golf I've ever played", 22-year-old Thompson said. The opening day's foursomes session was, perhaps understandably, rather scrappy and teams appeared just as likely to win a hole with a par as a birdie at times. "I managed to put some pressure on her on the back nine and got ahead at the end".

US captain Julie Inkster, who has now guided back-to-back winning USA sides, was so fired up about the whole thing she even started her post-match celebration a bit early, it seems. And I would love somebody else to get the opportunity to do this.

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The United States have now won five of the last seven competitions and 10 from 15 since the Solheim Cup began in 1990. "I played great all day".

Annika Sorenstam and her European team are worthy of credit for a singles showing in which the 12 matches returned six points a side. "Just congratulate the United States of America because they played some awesome golf".

When Angel Yin, the long-hitting Solheim rookie, halved her match with Karine Icher, the USA was assured of getting the 14 points necessary to retain the Cup.

But there is a huge challenge for the women's game, and especially the LET, to sustain this message in the coming months when it could easily slip again from the limelight.

The U.S. team came out on top for the second year in a row, keeping the cup at home.

"I'm just proud of my team", Inkster said.

"I'm just proud of my team", Inkster said. "We think similarly. It's just easy". Sometimes it's not about the results. I really haven't been nervous all week.

"There's got to be that little bit of chemistry in the pairings", Matthew tells CNN Living Golf.

But the problem of slow play is clearly a big issue on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours as well, and yet nothing was done over the week.

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