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U.S. wins third straight Solheim Cup

Americans dominate singles play and defeat Europe, 16-12

August 24, 2009|Associated Press

The United States didn't want to be called the favorite at the Solheim Cup.

"Winner" has a much better ring to it.

Morgan Pressel delivered the clinching point with her 3-and-2 victory over Anna Nordqvist on Sunday, and the Americans won their third straight Solheim Cup with a 16-12 decision over Europe at Sugar Grove, Ill. After Nordqvist missed an eight-footer to keep the match going, Pressel's teammates, who had been watching at the side of the green, leaped up and started celebrating.

"This is so important to us," Pressel said, wiping away tears. "It's not about pride. It's not about money. It's about country. It's about our teammates."

Michelle Wie, whose 3-0-1 record was the best of any American during the week, grabbed a U.S. flag and held it aloft to cries of "Wheee!" from the crowd. As the last three matches finished, there were shrieks of joy when the next American joined the party, and new rounds of "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

When the last match was done, they ran around the 18th green hugging one another and waving American flags. The fans at Rich Harvest Farms serenaded the players with more chants and applause.

The United States won the singles 8-4, and Europe has won the singles matches only three times at the Solheim Cup.

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Major win for Reid

Mike Reid made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat John Cook and win the Jeld-Wen Tradition at Sunriver, Ore., for his second victory in a major on the Champions Tour.

Reid's two majors -- he also won the 2005 Senior PGA Championship -- are his only two wins on the tour.

Reid shot a final-round 70 and Cook had a 69 to finish at 16-under-par 272.

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Moore wins playoff

Ryan Moore won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Kevin Stadler at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Moore, Stadler and Jason Bohn forced the playoff after they were tied at 16-under 264 through 72 holes. Bohn was eliminated on the first playoff hole.

Sergio Garcia blew a three-stroke lead midway through the final round, shot a 70 and finished at 265.

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