The USA dominated the singles on day three, to retain the Solheim Cup in emphatic fashion at the Rich Harvest Farm event.
European captain Alison Nicholas had seen her team put in a fantastic performance in the pairs event, but then watched her side comprehensively beaten by the US hosts going down 8-4 on the day and 16- 12 overall.
The European team struggled after losing the first three matches on the trot, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford and rookie superstar Michelle Wie getting the best of Suzann Pettersen, Becky Brewerton and Helen Alfredsson in their respective fixtures.
It was left to veteran 45 year old Laura Davies to get Europe’s first points on the scoreboard having halved her match with Brittany Lang. Gwladys Nocera with half against Juli Inkster and Catriona Matthew with a 3&2 win over Kristy McPherson helped to keep the match alive.
Brittany Lincicome and Christina Kim added two more wins for the USA, with Sophie Gustafson and Tania Elosegui on the losing side for the visitors, before Morgan Pressel scored the decisive point for the USA on the 16th green after Anna Nordqvist missed an eight foot putt in the eleventh match.
Diana Luna then beat Nicole Castrale with a 3&2 and Janice Moodie and Natalie Gulbis halved their match to bring the tournament to an end and victory to the United States for the third consecutive time.
European captain Alison Nicholas said after the tournament;
“The girls have played well, it was good fun, but it’s still disappointing. The girls tried to keep up with them but they just holed a few more putts than us. It’s tough to come over here and win, and to be honest with you, we were huge underdogs to start the week.”