Antigua Outfitted Team USA For The 2017 Solheim Cup
It was all red, white and blue in West Des Moines, Iowa for the finish on this year’s Solheim Cup.
In a singles session that featured tight battles across the scoreboard, Team USA won five matches in the afternoon and kept the Solheim Cup on U.S. soil with a 16.5 to 11.5 victory over Team Europe. The five-point victory margin is the USA’s largest win since 1996, and it also forever links USA Captain, Juli Inkster’s name with the great Judy Rankin as the only women for either side to lead two victorious Solheim Cup Teams.
“I’m just proud of my team,” said Inkster, who previously led the USA to victory in Germany in 2015. “The Europeans fought hard today, they made it really close. I really haven’t been nervous all week, but today I was a little bit nervous. It is just an honor to captain this team and I’m really proud of the girls.”
Without a doubt, the match of the day, and perhaps one of the finest matches in Solheim Cup history, was the opening battle between World No. 2 Lexi Thompson and Anna Nordqvist. Thompson, who was struggling with her putter, was 4 down heading to the back 9.
Thompson received a pep talk from USA Captain Juli Inkster and Assistant Captain Nancy Lopez. The mantra they shared? “Keep your head up.” Those words sparked a fire in the 22-year-old Floridian, who played holes 10-16 at a remarkable 8-under par. Thompson’s putt to win the match just didn’t fall, and the match that defined sportsmanship and a never-give-up attitude ended all square. Cristie Kerr led the USA in points, going 3-0-1 to earn 3.5 points and raise her all-time points tally to 21. That 21-point total is the most by any U.S. player in Solheim Cup history. Antigua outfitted Team USA with all uniforms for the 2017 cup matches.
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