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2003 Solheim Cup


Suzann Pettersen 2003 Solheim Cup sinks winning putt in match

Suzann Pettersen sinks the winning birdie putt on the 18th hole in a match from Day 2 of the 2003 Solheim Cup. Pettersen and her partner in this match, Annika Sorenstam, both posted 4-1 records in 2003.

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Europe 17.5, USA 10.5:

Team Europe won the 2003 Solheim Cup by the largest margin-of-victory to this point in Solheim Cup history (tying the 7-point win for Team USA in the 1990 Solheim Cup). It was Europe's third win in the competition, all three of those wins coming in "home" matches (played in Europe).

Europe opened by winning 3.5 of a possible 4 points in the first session, the Day 1 foursomes. One of those foursomes teams was the pairing of Annika Sorenstam and Suzann Pettersen, each of whom went on to record 4-1 records in the event.

Europe took a 9.5 to 6.5 lead into the singles matches, and closed it out early. Janice Moodie - who posted a 3-0-1 record in the event - won the opening singles match, and Europe clinched the Cup by only the sixth match of the singles session.

This was the first Solheim Cup played in an odd-numbered year; it was, in fact, played just one year earlier in 2002. However, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks caused a one-year delay in playing the Ryder Cup, moving that Ryder Cup to 2002 and onto an even-numbered year schedule. The Solheim Cup then switched to odd-numbered years to avoid conflict.

Final Score: Europe 17.5, U.S. 10.5
Site: Barsebäck Golf and Country Club, Malmo, Sweden
Captains: U.S., Patty Sheehan; Europe, Catrin Nilsmark

Team Members
• USA: Heather Bowie (Young), Beth Daniel, Laura Diaz, Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Cristie Kerr, Kelli Kuehne, Meg Mallon, Michele Redman, Kelly Robbins, Angela Stanford, Wendy Ward
• Europe: Laura Davies, Elisabeth Esterl, Sophie Gustafson, Carin Koch, Catriona Matthew, Mhairi McKay, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Janice Moodie, Suzann Pettersen, Ana B. Sanchez, Annika Sorenstam, Iben Tinning

Day 1 Results:

• Beth Daniel/Kelly Robbins, U.S., halved with Carin Koch/Laura Davies, Europe
• Janice Moodie/Catriona Matthew, Europe, def. Juli Inkster/Wendy Ward, U.S., 5 and 3
• Annika Sorenstam/Suzann Pettersen, Europe, def. Laura Diaz/Heather Bowie, U.S., 4 and 3
• Sophie Gustafson/Elisabeth Esterl, Europe, def. Meg Mallon/Rosie Jones, U.S., 3 and 2
• Kelli Kuehne/Cristie Kerr, U.S., def. Laura Davies/Catriona Matthew, Europe, 2 and 1
• Juli Inkster/Beth Daniel, U.S., def. Annika Sorenstam/Carin Koch, Europe, 1-up
• Suzann Pettersen/Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Europe, def. Angela Stanford/Meg Mallon, U.S., 3 and 2
• Michele Redman/Rosie Jones, U.S., def. Iben Tinning/Sophie Gustafson, Europe, 2-up

Day 2 Results:

• Sophie Gustafson/Suzann Pettersen, Europe, def. Kelli Kuehne/Cristie Kerr, U.S., 3 and 1
• Angela Stanford/Michele Redman, U.S., halved with Elisabeth Esterl/Iben Tinning, Europe
• Annika Sorenstam/Carin Koch, Europe, def. Wendy Ward/Heather Bowie, U.S., 3 and 2
• Meg Mallon/Kelly Robbins, U.S., halved with Janice Moodie/Catriona Matthew, Europe
• Beth Daniel/Juli Inkster, U.S., def. Ana B. Sanchez/Mhairi McKay, Europe, 5 and 4
• Cristie Kerr/Kelli Kuehne, U.S., def. Sophie Gustafson/Laura Davies, Europe, 2 and 1
• Catriona Matthew/Janice Moodie, Europe, def. Wendy Ward/Rosie Jones, U.S., 4 and 3
• Annika Sorenstam/Suzann Pettersen, Europe, def. Kelly Robbins/Laura Diaz, U.S., 1-up

Day 3 Results:

• Janice Moodie, Europe, def. Kelli Kuehne, U.S., 3 and 2
• Juli Inkster, U.S., def. Carin Koch, Europe, 5 and 4
• Sophie Gustafson, Europe, def. Heather Bowie, U.S., 5 and 4
• Iben Tinning, Europe, def. Wendy Ward, U.S., 2 and 1
• Michele Redman, U.S., def. Ana B. Sanchez, Europe, 3 and 1
• Catriona Matthew, Europe, def. Rosie Jones, U.S., 3 and 1
• Annika Sorenstam, Europe, def. Angela Stanford, U.S., 3 and 2
• Cristie Kerr, U.S., def. Suzann Pettersen, Europe, conceded
• Laura Davies, Europe, def. Meg Mallon, U.S., conceded
• Laura Diaz, U.S., def. Elisabeth Esterl, Europe, 5 and 4
• Mhairi McKay, Europe, def. Beth Daniel, U.S., conceded
• Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Europe, def. Kelly Robbins, U.S., conceded

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

Heather Bowie (Young), 0-3-0
Beth Daniel, 2-1-1
Laura Diaz, 1-2-0
Juli Inkster, 3-1-0
Rosie Jones, 1-3-0
Cristie Kerr, 3-1-0
Kelli Kuehne, 2-2-0
Meg Mallon, 0-3-1
Michele Redman, 2-0-1
Kelly Robbins, 0-2-2
Angela Stanford, 0-2-1
Wendy Ward, 0-4-0

Laura Davies, 1-2-1
Elisabeth Esterl, 1-1-1
Sophie Gustafson, 3-2-0
Carin Koch, 1-2-1
Catriona Matthew, 3-1-1
Mhairi McKay, 1-1-0
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, 2-0-0
Janice Moodie, 3-0-1
Suzann Pettersen, 4-1-0
Ana B. Sanchez, 0-2-0
Annika Sorenstam, 4-1-0
Iben Tinning, 1-1-1

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Sources: LPGA and Ladies European Tour

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