ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Infuriated by Suzann Pettersen’s call they found unsportsmanlike, the United States beat Europe on Sunday with the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history.
Paula Creamer beat Germany’s Sandra Gal 4 and 3 to complete the 14 1/2-13 1/3 victory.
The event turned after American rookie Alison Lee was penalized for picking up her ball when she thought her short second putt had been conceded on the 17th hole in the completion of a fourballs match suspended Saturday because of darkness.
Norway’s Pettersen, playing alongside England’s Charley Hull against Lee and Brittany Lincicome, demanded that the referee penalize Lee, a move that left Lee and Hull in tears after Europe’s 2-up victory that gave the team a four-point lead entering the 12 singles matches.
Gerina Piller made the biggest shot of the matches, holing a 9-foot par putt to beat Germany’s Caroline Masson 1 up and keep the American hopes alive.
Cristie Kerr had nine birdies in 11 holes in a 3-and-2 victory over Hull, and Angela Stanford ended her nine-match losing streak with a 2-and-1 decision over Pettersen.
Lee, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel and Lizette Salas also won matches for the United States, and Lexi Thompson halved with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda.
The Americans lead the series 9-5. Europe won the previous two events in 2011 at Killeen Castle in Ireland and 2013 at Colorado Golf Club.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Jason Day’s easy win at the BMW Championship confirmed what his rivals have known for several weeks now: The Aussie is the best golfer on the planet.
Day’s mostly stress-free final round of 2-under 69 at Conway Farms gave him his fifth PGA Tour victory of the season, his second in the FedEx Cup playoffs and vaulted him past Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy into the No. 1 spot in the world ranking.
The Australian zoomed out to a big lead by shooting 61 and 63 in the first two rounds and was never seriously challenged after that. His 22-under total tied for the second-lowest on tour this year and was good for a six-shot victory over rookie Daniel Berger. Scott Piercy finished third, seven strokes back.
The win also made Day the front-runner in the 30-man field heading into the series finale at East Lake in Atlanta. But it won’t help his rivals rest any easier.
If Day manages a win in Atlanta, it could make the race for Player of the Year considerably closer than anyone expected after Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open and appeared to lock up the award. But Day has won four of his last six events, including the PGA Championship, to narrow the gap.
Berger closed with a 69, and Piercy shot 70.
SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTION CHAMPIONSHIP
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) – Chez Reavie won the Web.com Tour Finals’ Small Business Connection Championship by a stroke to regain his PGA Tour card.
Reavie, the 2008 Canadian Open winner, made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and 15-under 273 total at River Run. The 33-year-old former Arizona State player earned $180,000 to push his series total to $203,000 and lock up a PGA Tour card. He tied for 10th last week in Indiana in the finals opener after finishing 166th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings.
Jamie Lovemark (67), Steve Marino (68) and Emiliano Grillo (72) tied for second.
The tournament was the second in the four-event series that features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members such as Grillo who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points.
The top 25 players on Web.com regular-season money list – Lovemark was 12th, and Marino 19th – earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on series earnings. Lovemark jumped to No. 5 on the combined money list, and Marino moved to No. 8.
MONZA, Italy (AP) – Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg won the Italian Open for his first European Tour title, beating Germany’s Martin Kaymer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Karlberg closed with a 5-under 67 to match Kaymer (70) and 19-under 269 at Golf Club Milano.
American David Lipsky (68) was a stroke back along with Swedes Joakim Lagergren (63 and Jens Fahrbring (71), Englishmen Matthew Fitzpatrick (65) and Danny Willett (66), Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (69) and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti (69).
GARDEN CITY CHARITY CLASSIC
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) – Vicky Hurst locked up an LPGA Tour card for next season, winning the Garden City Charity Classic for her second Symetra Tour title of the year.
The 25-year-old Hurst closed with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory. She finished at 8-under 208 at Buffalo Dunes and earned $15,000 to jump from 14th to fourth on the money list with $57,058, more than enough to wrap a spot in the final top 10 for an LPGA Tour card.
Hurst also won the W.B. Mason Championship last month in Massachusetts, and has six career victories on the tour – the first four in 2008. Last year, she finished 162nd on the LPGA Tour money list.
Jersey’s Olivia Jordan-Higgins was second after a 68. Israel’s Laetitia Beck followed at 5 under after a 66.
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) – Ireland’s Niall Kearney beat Alan Morin 1 up to give Great Britain and Ireland its first PGA Cup victory on U.S. soil, a 13 1/2-12 1/2 decision at CordeValle
Great Britain and Ireland cut the Americans’ series lead to 17-6-4 in the event for club professionals.
Kearney got up-and-down for par from behind the 18th green to halve the hole, win the match and give GB&I the Llandudno Trophy. Facing a false front and water beyond the hole, Kearney hit a chip that cleared a deep bunker and rolled within 7 feet.
Morin, a PGA assistant professional at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida, missed a 45-foot birdie try before Kearney holed his par putt.
David Dixon, Graham Fox, Jason Levermore and Jamie Broce also won matches for GB&I, and Lee Clarke halved with Sean Dougherty. Michael Block, Omar Uresti, Matt Dobyns and Bob Sowards won for the Americans.