Monday, September 17

Americans Victorious at Solheim Cup

Winning 8 of 12 singles matches, the United States retained the Solheim Cup with a 16-12 victory over the Europeans in rainy, cold and windy conditions at the Halmstad Golf Club in Halmstad, Sweden. It was the Americans first win on foreign soil since 1996.

“It was a brutal week,” assistant captain Beth Daniel told AP. “We had a young team. We told them every night that we were so proud. They never gave up. They never complained. No player ever came to us. No. They just kept saying, ‘We've got to go out and play and do the best we can.’”

The Europeans held a slim lead heading into Sunday's singles matches, but the Americans staged a strong rally. Especially impressive was Morgan Pressel, who defeated Annika Sorenstam 2 and 1 in Sorenstam's home country.

“None of us feel like losers,” European team member Laura Davies said. “We lost to a better team today.”

The Armchair Golfer


bn1 said...

problem was that except for the golf channel, the rest of the media under-covered or completely ignored the wonderful event.

Tom Blogical said...

I hope the next Solheim Cup is held in a country with better weather. That was either a bad choice or bad luck.

Tom Blogical said...

What did you think of the "Chokin' freakin' dogs" comment from Dottie Pepper on The Golf Channel during the event?

The Armchair Golfer said...

I think it motivated the U.S. team. And it worked out well for them in the end.

As Dottie Pepper said, it was a bad choice of words. Obviously, Dottie didn't help her popularity with the players, not that it was great before. The whole thing will blow over, especially since the Americans won. But I'm sure it won't be forgotten.

Miranda said...

Uh, as a woman, I can tell you, they will never forget what she said. Trust me on that. Women remember everything.