U.S. dominates Europe to win second consecutive Solheim Cup

Luke Kerr-Dineen, USA TODAY Sports
Published 3:47 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2017 | Updated 10:30 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2017

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Team USA picks up a five-point victory against Team Europe in the 2017 Solheim Cup.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. captain Juli Inkster started the week by handing each of her players a construction helmet, telling them to “get to work.”

She ended it by lifting the trophy.

The United States claimed its first Solheim Cup victory on home soil since 2009 on Sunday, thoroughly dismantling the European team en-route to an emphatic 16½–11½ win at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

At the heart of the U.S. team’s victory was its superb play in fourballs on Friday and Saturday. Although the U.S. trailed Europe 4½–3½ in foursomes over the two days, its 7-1-0 record in fourballs — which included the first U.S. single-session sweep in history on Friday afternoon — built a five-point lead that ultimately proved insurmountable.

“I’m so proud of this team,” Inkster said. “We had great preparation. We played loose. And…

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