USA Make Epic Comeback, Win Solheim Cup Following Controversy

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Team USA staged the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history Sunday to wrestle back the trophy from Europe following massive controversy on Saturday.

Infuriated by Suzanne Pettersen’s unsportsmanlike conduct on the 17th green 24 hours earlier, Team USA charged back early with spirited performances from their star players to stun the Europeans on home turf.

Paula Creamer sealed the victory when she defeated German pin-up girl Sandra Gal, securing a 14.5-13.5 victory for the US. Trailing 10-6 at the start of the day’s singles, Europe could only win three matches on Sunday. Caroline Masson missed an easy chance to retain the cup for Europe before Gerina Piller holed a curling 9-foot putt to win her match and keep American hopes alive.

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Morgan Pressel celebrates with Team USA after they stage the greatest comeback in Solheim Cup history.
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In the day’s biggest upset, Cristie Kerr made nine birdies in 11 holes to defeat favorite Charley Hull. Meanwhile, Angela Stanford ended her nine-match losing streak by defeating Suzanne Pettersen.

Michelle Wie, Alison Lee and Morgan Pressel also won for Team US, while Lexi Thompson earned a vital half point.

“This is probably the closest-knit group we’ve ever been a part of. We never stopped believing,” Angela Stanford said afterwards.

It is the first Solheim Cup since 2009 for Team USA.