Team USA retain Solheim Cup with comfortable five-point win over Europe

Team USA retained the Solheim Cup as they secured a convincing five-point win over Europe, who produced a valiant final-day performance in the singles to avoid a record defeat.

Needing just four points for overall victory on the final day at Des Moines, Lexi Thompson contributed a half as she mounted an astonishing back-nine comeback against unbeaten Swede Anna Nordqvist in the top match, and Cristie Kerr extended her American record points haul to 21 with victory over Mel Reid.

Georgia Hall’s impressive Solheim Cup debut ended in disappointment as she three-putted the last green to gift victory to Paula Creamer and, after super-sub Catriona Matthew stunned Stacy Lewis and Caroline Masson crushed Michelle Wie, Angel Yin’s half with Karine Icher ensured USA would retain the trophy with Lizette Salas dormie two-up on Jodi Ewart Shadoff.