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We can only congratulate the U.S. because they played some awesome golf.

She ended it by lifting the trophy.

Lizette Salas knocked in the decisive putt as the United States held off the stubborn challenge of Europe to retain the Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

The U.S. won the next two matches out before Angel Yin clinched the cup with a halved point against Karine Icher.

"I was just, like, 'I just have to go all in and go for it all, '" Thompson said.

"She believed she could and so she did", the LPGA great had told her players, emphasizing the prospect of pulling off a historic final-day comeback. The Brittanys, close friends on and off course, play loose and interact freely with the overflowing, jacked-up gallery. "We were there for each other when we needed each other".

In the end, it was the proverbial team effort for Team USA in Iowa.

Not bad for a player a few days short of her 48th birthday, who only switched roles from vice-captain to emergency player when Suzann Pettersen was ruled out a couple of days before the start with a back injury. Team USA's victory margin was built in the fourball (better ball) competitions on Friday and Saturday, when it won seven of the possible eight points in those matches.

"You know what, this team just bonded".

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The tournament concludes with 12 singles matches on Sunday. Inkster won her final major in the 2002 U.S. Women's Open by closing with a 66 at Prairie Dunes to beat Annika Sorenstam, now Team Europe captain.

The "Red-Wash" that was inflicted on them on Friday by the U.S., meant that Europe would have to win nine of the twelve singles matches to take the Solheim Cup back to Europe.

The German, who defeated Belgium's Thomas Detry 3 and 2 in the last 16 earlier Saturday, will face Johan Carlsson next as he seeks his fifth European Tour title. "I'm so proud how hard my team fought". I know it's possible.

At one point, that strategy looked like it might backfire.

The American duo of Kerr and Lexi Thompson got the US off to a winning start on Saturday morning, thrashing Carolina Masson and Jodi Ewart Shadoff 5&3, with Europe winning only one hole.

"I would love to do it, but I think there's other people in line that deserve that chance", she said.

American Michelle Wie has been a member of every U.S. Solheim Cup team since she was 19.

Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr secured points in the second and third matches of the day to add to the Americans' total.

Angel Yin looked like she would complete the hosts' victory but the 18-year-old bogeyed the 17th and halved her match with France's Karine Icher, but with the United States ahead in other matches it was enough to confirm they would retain the cup. On Sunday, with just five feet standing between her and a US victory, Yin hit her putt firmly, with the assuredness of a player twice her age, and chased it into the hole with a hard fist pump. "It's very different. I've never seen this many people in the crowd before".