Europe 14.5, USA 11.5:
The 2000 Solheim Cup was the site of the most controversial incident in Solheim Cup history. But before we get to that, a note about the format this year:
This was the last Solheim Cup that deviated from what is now known as the "Ryder Cup format": Four foursomes and fourballs on each of the first two days, then 12 singles matches on the final day. In 2000, Teams USA and Europe played eight foursomes matches on Day 1, four matches in each of two (morning/afternoon) sessions. On Day 2, six four-ball matches took place, then Day 3 wrapped up with 12 singles matches.
Europe jumped out early with a 4-0 mark in the first foursomes session, and led by five points after Day 2. Team USA won the singles sessions, 9-7, but it was too little, too late.
The controversy happened in the last fourball match on Day 2, a match pitting USA's Kelly Robbins and Pat Hurst against Europe's Janice Moodie and Annika Sorenstam. Europe was dominating the Solheim Cup to that point, and on Day 2 won four of the other five matches.
Hurst/Robbins held a 1-up lead when their match against Moodie/Sorenstam reached the 13th green. Sorenstam chipped from just off the green, and holed it for a birdie.
But at that point, Robbins pointed out that the putt she was facing was actually longer than Sorenstam's chip, meaning that Robbins should have played first - Sorenstam played out of turn.
In stroke play there is no penalty for playing out of turn, but in match play an opponent can force a player to replay a stroke for playing out of turn.
USA captain Pat Bradley invoked that rule, requiring Sorenstam to replay the chip. This time Sorenstam missed, and Robbins/Hurst went on to win the match 2-and-1.
Sorenstam was livid, as were all members of Team Europe who considered it an unsporting act. Obviously, the American side wouldn't have cared that Sorenstam played out of turn had Annika missed the original chip. Regardless of how one views Bradley's decision to require a replay, it was entirely within the rules to do so.
While that act cast a bit of a pall over the proceedings, it did not affect the outcome of the Solheim Cup. Europe led at the time of the controversy, and wound up winning its second Solheim Cup.
Final Score: Europe 14.5, U.S. 11.5
Site: Loch Lomond Golf Club, Alexandria by Luss, Scotland
Captains: U.S., Pat Bradley; Europe, Dale Reid
• USA: Brandie Burton, Beth Daniel, Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster, Becky Iverson, Rosie Jones, Meg Mallon, Dottie Pepper, Michele Redman, Kelly Robbins, Nancy Scranton, Sherri Steinhauer
• Europe: Helen Alfredsson, Raquel Carrido, Laura Davies, Sophie Gustafson, Trish Johnson, Carin Koch, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Janice Moodie, Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas, Catrin Nilsmark, Annika Sorenstam
Day 1 Results:
Foursomes - Morning
• Laura Davies/Alison Nicholas, Europe, def. Dottie Pepper/Juli Inkster, U.S., 4 and 3
• Trish Johnson/Sophie Gustafson, Europe, def. Kelly Robbins/Pat Hurst, U.S., 3 and 2
• Catrin Nilsmark/Carin Koch, Europe, def. Brandie Burton/Becky Iverson, U.S., 2 and 1
• Annika Sorenstam/Janice Moodie, Europe, def. Meg Mallon/Beth Daniel, U.S., 1-up
Foursomes - Afternoon
• Becky Iverson/Rosie Jones, U.S., def. Laura Davies/Alison Nicholas, Europe, 6 and 5
• Juli Inkster/Sherri Steinhauer, U.S., halved with Trish Johnson/Sophie Gustafson, Europe
• Kelly Robbins/Pat Hurst, U.S., def. Liselotte Neumann/Helen Alfredsson, Europe, 1-up
• Janice Moodie/Annika Sorenstam, Europe, def. Meg Mallon/Beth Daniel, U.S., 1-up
Day 2 Results:
• Trish Johnson/Sophie Gustafson, Europe, def. Rosie Jones/Becky Iverson, U.S., 3 and 2
• Alison Nicholas/Helen Alfredsson, Europe, def. Juli Inkster/Sherri Steinhauer, U.S., 3 and 2
• Catrin Nilsmark/Carin Koch, Europe, def. Nancy Scranton/Michele Redman, U.S., 2 and 1
• Dottie Pepper/Brandie Burton, U.S., halved with Liselotte Neumann/Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Europe
• Meg Mallon/Beth Daniel, U.S., halved with Laura Davies/Raquel Carriedo, Europe
• Kelly Robbins/Pat Hurst, U.S., def. Janice Moodie/Annika Sorenstam, Europe, 2 and 1
Day 3 Results:
Juli Inkster, U.S., def. Annika Sorenstam, Europe, 5 and 4
Brandie Burton, U.S., def. Sophie Gustafson, Europe, 4 and 3
Helen Alfredsson, Europe, def. Beth Daniel, U.S., 4 and 3
Dottie Pepper, U.S., def. Trish Johnson, Europe, 2 and 1
Kelly Robbins, U.S., def. Laura Davies, Europe, 3 and 2
Pat Hurst, U.S., halved with Liselotte Neumann, Europe
Sherri Steinhauer, U.S., halved with Alison Nicholas, Europe
Meg Mallon, U.S., def. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Europe, 1-up
Catrin Nilsmark, Europe, def. Rosie Jones, U.S., 1-up
Becky Iverson, U.S., def. Raquel Carriedo, Europe, 3 and 2
Carin Koch, Europe, def. Michele Redman, U.S., 2 and 1
Janice Moodie, Europe, def. Nancy Scranton, U.S., 1-up
Player Records (wins-losses-halves)
Brandie Burton, 1-1-1
Beth Daniel, 0-3-1
Pat Hurst, 2-1-1
Juli Inkster, 1-2-1
Becky Iverson, 2-2-0
Rosie Jones, 1-2-0
Meg Mallon, 1-2-1
Dottie Pepper, 1-1-1
Michele Redman, 0-2-0
Kelly Robbins, 3-1-0
Nancy Scranton, 0-2-0
Sherri Steinhauer, 0-1-2
Helen Alfredsson, 2-1-0
Raquel Carrido, 0-1-1
Laura Davies, 1-2-1
Sophie Gustafson, 2-1-1
Trish Johnson, 2-1-1
Carin Koch, 3-0-0
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, 0-1-1
Janice Moodie, 3-1-0
Liselotte Neumann, 0-1-2
Alison Nicholas, 2-1-1
Catrin Nilsmark, 3-0-0
Annika Sorenstam, 2-2-0
Sources: LPGA and Ladies European Tour