2005 Solheim Cup Results

This was the ninth time the Solheim Cup was played. After the American victory, the overall standings in the event's history were six wins for Team USA 6, three wins for Team Europe.

Final Score: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5

Dates Played: September 9-11, 2005

Location: Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana

Team Captains: Catrin Nilsmark for Team Europe and Nancy Lopez for Team USA

Team Rosters:

  • Europe — Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies, Ludivine Kreutz, Maria Hjorth, Iben Tinning, Trish Johnson, Gwladys Nocera, Carin Koch, Catriona Matthew, Suzann Pettersen, Sophie Gustafson, Karen Stupples
  • USA — Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon, Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Pat Hurst, Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Paula Creamer, Michele Redman, Laura Diaz, Wendy Ward, Beth Daniel
Match Notes: The 2005 Solheim Cup was the most closely contested to this point in the competition's history. The two sides entered the final day tied. Europe won the first day, 5-3, while the USA won the second day, 5-3. That resulted in an 8-8 tie heading into Sunday singles.

The USA jumped out quickly, winning the first five singles matches to reach 13 points. But the required 14.5 points to reclaim the Solheim Cup wasn't reached until the next-to-last match, when Meg Mallon defeated Karen Stupples.

Team USA veterans Beth Daniel and Mallon each played in her final Solheim Cup this year, while Paula Creamer made her debut. The 19-year-old Creamer became the youngest player to this point to play in the tournament, and posted a 3-1-1 record. Annika Sorenstam lead Europe with a 4-1-0 mark.

Laura Diaz and Catriona Matthews met in singles, but they could have called it a fourball: Both players were pregnant.

2005 Solheim Cup Match Scores

Day One

Foursomes

  • Carin Koch / Catriona Matthew (EUR) halved with Beth Daniel / Paula Creamer (USA)
  • Laura Davies / Maria Hjorth (EUR) defeated Cristie Kerr / Natalie Gulbis (USA), 2 & 1
  • Sophie Gustafson / Trish Johnson (EUR) halved with Christina Kim / Pat Hurst (USA)
  • Annika Sorenstam / Suzann Pettersen (EUR) defeated Michele Redman / Laura Diaz (USA), 1 UP

Score of first session: Europe 3, USA 1

Four-Ball

  • Rosie Jones / Meg Mallon (USA) defeated Maria Hjorth / Iben Tinning (EUR), 3 & 2
  • Cristie Kerr / Natalie Gulbis (USA) defeated Sophie Gustafson / Karen Stupples (EUR), 2 & 1
  • Annika Sorenstam / Catriona Matthew (EUR) defeated Pat Hurst / Wendy Ward (USA), 2 & 1
  • Laura Davies / Suzann Pettersen (EUR) defeated Paula Creamer / Juli Inkster (USA), 4 & 3

Score of second session: Europe 2, USA 2
Overall score after Day 1: Europe 5, USA 3

Day Two

Foursomes

  • Christina Kim / Natalie Gulbis (USA) defeated Gwladys Nocera / Ludivine Kreutz (EUR), 4 & 2
  • Paula Creamer / Juli Inkster (USA) defeated Laura Davies / Maria Hjorth (EUR), 3 & 2
  • Sophie Gustafson / Carin Koch (EUR) defeated Laura Diaz / Wendy Ward (USA), 5 & 3
  • Michele Redman / Pat Hurst (USA) defeated Annika Sorenstam / Catriona Matthew (EUR), 2 UP

Score of first session: USA 3, Europe 1

Four-Ball

  • Iben Tinning / Trish Johnson (EUR) halved with Beth Daniel / Juli Inkster (USA)
  • Sophie Gustafson / Suzann Pettersen (EUR) halved with Rosie Jones / Meg Mallon (USA)
  • Cristie Kerr / Paula Creamer (USA) defeated Carin Koch / Catriona Matthew (EUR), 1 UP
  • Laura Davies / Annika Sorenstam (EUR) defeated Pat Hurst / Christina Kim (USA), 4 & 2

Score of second session: Europe 2, USA 2
Overall score after Day 2: USA 8, Europe 8

Day Three

Singles

  • Juli Inkster (USA) defeated Sophie Gustafson (EUR), 2 & 1
  • Paula Creamer (USA) defeated Laura Davies (EUR), 7 & 5
  • Pat Hurst (USA) defeated Trish Johnson (EUR), 2 & 1
  • Laura Diaz (USA) defeated Iben Tinning (EUR), 6 & 5
  • Christina Kim (USA) defeated Ludivine Kreutz (EUR), 5 & 4
  • Annika Sorenstam (EUR) defeated Beth Daniel (USA), 4 & 3
  • Natalie Gulbis (USA) defeated Maria Hjorth (EUR), 2 & 1
  • Catriona Matthew (EUR) defeated Wendy Ward (USA), 3 & 2
  • Carin Koch (EUR) defeated Michele Redman (USA), 2 & 1
  • Gwladys Nocera (EUR) defeated Cristie Kerr (USA), 2 & 1
  • Meg Mallon (USA) defeated Karen Stupples (EUR), 3 & 1
  • Suzann Pettersen (EUR) halved with Rosie Jones (USA)
Score of singles session: USA 7.5, Europe 4.5
Overall and final score: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5

Player Records at the 2005 Solheim Cup

Players' records are listed as wins-losses-halves.

Team Europe
Laura Davies, 3-2-0
Sophie Gustafson, 1-2-2
Maria Hjorth, 1-3-0
Trish Johnson, 0-1-2
Carin Koch, 2-1-1
Ludivine Kreutz, 0-2-0
Catriona Matthew, 2-2-1
Gwladys Nocera. 1-1-0
Suzann Pettersen, 2-0-2
Annika Sorenstam, 4-1-0
Karen Stupples, 0-2-0
Iben Tinning, 0-2-1

Team USA
Paula Creamer, 3-1-1
Beth Daniel, 0-1-2
Laura Diaz, 1-2-0
Natalie Gulbis, 3-1-0
Pat Hurst, 2-2-1
Juli Inkster, 2-1-1
Rosie Jones, 1-0-2
Cristie Kerr, 2-2-0
Christina Kim, 2-1-1
Meg Mallon, 2-0-1
Michele Redman, 1-2-0
Wendy Ward, 0-3-0

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