The United States thrilled a large crowd at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club by successfully defending the Solheim Cup. The win was secured when Lizette Salas sank a par put at the 18th to win her match against Europe’s Jodi Ewart (you-wirt) Shadoff (shay-doff).
Salas says the large crowds help bolster the Americans.
Salas played well all weekend and was described as the spark plug of the team by captain Juli Inkster.
Paula Creamer (kree-mur) gave the Americans their first win on Sunday by edging Georgia Hall. The veteran Creamer was placed on the team as an alternate but was one of the keys to the win.
Creamer on the experience.
The day started with a huge rally by Lexi Thompson from the United States. Trailing Anna Nordqvist (nord-kwist) by four at the turn Thompson was eight under par on the first seven holes of the back nine to halve her match.
Thompson says the crowds were a big advantage for the Americans.
Both teams won five of the singles matches and the United States won by a final margin of 16 1/2 to 11 1/2.