2005 Solheim Cup


2005 Solheim Cup

The 9th Solheim Cup Match was held between September 9 and September 11, 2005 at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana, USA. Team USA won the trophy for the sixth time by a score of 15½ to 12½ points. The winning point was gained by Meg Mallon in her win over Karen Stupples.

Teams

The European team consisted of seven automatic qualifiers and five wild card picks from Captain Catrin Nilsmark. cite web
title = The 2005 European Solheim Cup team announced
publisher = LET (Ladies European Tour)
date = 2005-08-28
author = Bethan Cutler
url = http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=3898
accessdate = 2007-04-18
] The US team consisted of 10 automatic qualifiers and two picks from Captain Nancy Lopez. cite web
title = Lopez announces 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team
publisher = LET (Ladies European Tour)
date = 2005-08-28
author = Bethan Cutler
url = http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=3896
accessdate = 2007-04-18
]

Europe
*Captain
**flagicon|SWE Catrin Nilsmark - Gothenburg, Sweden

*Automatic qualifiers
**flagicon|SWE Annika Sörenstam - Stockholm, Sweden
**flagicon|ENG Laura Davies - Coventry, England
**flagicon|FRA Ludivine Kreutz - Rognac, France
**flagicon|SWE Maria Hjorth - Falun, Sweden
**flagicon|DEN Iben Tinning - Copenhagen, Denmark
**flagicon|ENG Trish Johnson - Bristol, England
**flagicon|FRA Gwladys Nocera - Moulins, France

*Captains Picks
**flagicon|SWE Carin Koch - Kungalv, Sweden
**flagicon|SCO Catriona Matthew - North Berwick, Scotland
**flagicon|NOR Suzann Pettersen - Oslo, Norway
**flagicon|SWE Sophie Gustafson - Särö, Sweden
**flagicon|ENG Karen Stupples - Dover, England

USA
*Captain
**flagicon|USA Nancy Lopez - Torrance, California
*Automatic qualifiers
**flagicon|USA Cristie Kerr - Miami, Florida
**flagicon|USA Meg Mallon - Natick, Massachusetts
**flagicon|USA Juli Inkster - Santa Cruz, California
**flagicon|USA Rosie Jones - Santa Ana, California
**flagicon|USA Pat Hurst - San Leandro, California
**flagicon|USA Natalie Gulbis - Sacramento, California
**flagicon|USA Christina Kim - San Jose, California
**flagicon|USA Paula Creamer - Mountain View, California
**flagicon|USA Michele Redman - Zanesville, Ohio
**flagicon|USA Laura Diaz - Scotia, New York

*Captains Picks
**flagicon|USA Wendy Ward - San Antonio, Texas
**flagicon|USA Beth Daniel - Charleston, South Carolina

Format

The match format was as for 2003 A total of 28 points were available, divided among four periods of team play, followed by one period of singles play. The first period, on Friday morning, was four rounds of foursomes. This was followed in the afternoo by four rounds of four-balls. This schedule was repeated on the Saturday morning and afternoon. The four periods on Friday and Saturday accounted for 16 points. During these team periods, the players played in teams of two. All players had to play in at least one session of the first two days . The final 12 points were decided in a round of singles matchplay, in which all 24 players (12 from each team) took part.

Day One

Foursomes

At one point in the morning foursomes it looked like the US team would take a 3-1 lead but the European team staged a major fightback and finished the morning session with a 3-1 lead themselves. In the first match Catriona Matthew and Carin Koch were two down with four to play, playing against Paula Creamer and Beth Daniel, the youngest and oldest participants in the Solheim Cup, cite web
title = Euros Turn Tide, Take Momentum
publisher = The Golf Channel
date = 2005-09-09
url = http://www.thegolfchannel.com/core.aspx?page=15104&select=17511
accessdate = 2007-04-18
] but they managed to win the 15th and 17th holes to halve the match. In match three the Europeans snatched another unlikely half point when Sophie Gustafson and Trish Johnson won three holes in a row - the 15th and 17th to come back from three down with four to play against rookie Christina Kim and veteran Pat Hurst.

The turnaround in the bottom match was even bigger where Suzann Pettersen and world no.1 Annika Sörenstam were four down after 12 holes. Sörenstam lipped out her tee shot on the par three 13th starting a run of five consecutive winning holes to complete a 1 up win over Michele Redman and Laura Diaz. Europe dominated the second match from the start with Laura Davies and Maria Hjorth going three up after six holes against Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis finishing with a 2 and 1 victory. cite web
title = Europeans make comeback to take early Solheim lead
publisher = LET (Ladies European Tour)
date = 2005-09-09
author = Bethan Cutler
url = http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=3933
accessdate = 2007-04-18
]

Four-ball

The top three fourballs all came down to the final hole. In the top match Trish Johnson and Iben Tinning were 1 down with two to play against Beth Daniel and Juli Inkster. Johnson made a winning eight foot birdie at the 17th and Tinning hit her approach on 18 within 5 feet of the flag. She missed the birdie chance and the teams had to settle for a half.

Match two saw Meg Mallon and Rosie Jones playing Sophie Gustafson and Suzann Pettersen. All square playing 18, Pettersen put pressure on her partner by driving into the water but Gustafson hit her approach to six feet. Jones made a 30-footer for birdie and the pressure was put on Gustafson who responded with a birdie putt to conclude the match with a half.

In match three Carin Koch, playing with Catriona Matthew, made three birdies in her first three holes which meant a 3-up lead for the Europeans. Paula Creamer birdied the fourth and fifth and Cristie Kerr made par on eight and the match was even. Playing 18 all square Koch drove into the water, Matthew found the rough and Creamer made a three foot putt to win a full point.

Match four saw the Solheim Cup leading points scorers, Laura Davies and Annika Sörenstam, playing together for the first time against Pat Hurst and Christina Kim. Sörenstam made a 10-foot birdie putt at the first and the Europeans also won the second and the sixth. The Americans got one back at eight, but Sörenstam sank an 8-foot eagle putt at the ninth to go 3-up. The Europeans won the next two holes to move 5-up, but Hurst and Kim won the 13th and 15th holes but when neither American could birdie 16, the match went to the European side 4 & 2.

The score was thus tied with the 12 Sunday singles left, marking the first time since 1994 that the matches were tied after the opening two days. cite web | title = Europe and the United States tied at 8-8 | publisher = LET (Ladies European Tour) | date = 2005-09-11
author = Bethan Cutler | url = http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=3949 | accessdate = 2007-08-15
] cite web | title = All Even Entering Sunday Singles | publisher = The Golf Channel | date = 2005-09-10
url = http://www.thegolfchannel.com/core.aspx?page=15104&select=17529 | accessdate = 2007-08-15
]

Day Three

ingles

The U.S. team got a good start winning the first five matches. Juli Inkster was 1 down with 6 to play but won three holes in a row from the 13th to beat Sophie Gustafson, 2&1 in the opening match and Paula Creamer beat Laura Davies 7&5 in the second with 7 birdies in 13 holes. Pat Hurst won three in a row from 14 to beat Trish Johnson 2&1, in the first ever match between 2 pregnant players Laura Diaz beat Iben Tinning 6&5, and rookie Christina Kim got a 5&4 win over Ludivine Kreutz.

Annika Sörenstam won the first point for the Europeans with a 4&3 win over Beth Daniel in the match six whilst Natalie Gulbis made it six points for the US with a 3&1 win over Maria Hjorth. Then followed a European rally. Catriona Matthew won four out of five holes on the back nine beating Wendy Ward 3&2, Carin Koch won three in a row to beat Michele Redman 2&1 and in an upset, rookie Gwladys Nocera defeated Cristie Kerr 2&1.

It fell to Meg Mallon in the penultimate match to gain the point necessary for the US to win the cup with a 3&1 victory over Karen Stupples whilst Suzann Pettersen and Rosie Jones halved the final dead rubber to give the US team a victory 15 1/2 - 12 1/2. cite web | title = America regains The Solheim Cup | publisher = LET (Ladies European Tour) | date = 2005-09-11
author = Bethan Cutler | url = http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=3953 | accessdate = 2007-08-15

] cite web | title = U.S. Defeats Europe for Solheim Cup | publisher = The Golf Channel | date = 2005-09-11
url = http://www.thegolfchannel.com/core.aspx?page=15104&select=17537 | accessdate = 2007-08-15
]

ee also

*Solheim Cup

Notes and References

External links

* [http://golf.about.com/od/teamcompetitions/p/2005_solheim.htm 2005 Solheim Cup Match Results]


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