Story by Jason Bruno
Anna Nordqvist, Catriona Matthew & Suzann Pettersen celebrate after retaining the Solheim Cup
Parker, Colorado - The European women were underdogs, just as the European men have been at
the Ryder Cup for as long as we can remember, but somehow the Euro's figure out a way to win
these team competitions with regularity these days. The 2013 edition of the Solheim Cup wasn't
really close, the Euro's completely dominated . . . and when all was said and done the tally read
Leading 10 1/2 to 5 1/2 going into Sunday singles, it was thought that perhaps something historical
might be in the cards for Sunday. History was made, but by the Euro's - winning on American soil for
the first time and retaining the Cup they won in 2011. It was Match #2 of the singles Sunday that
left the biggest impression, young Brit Charley Hull took out the whooping stick on Paula Creamer -
The Americans faded from there, with perhaps the one bright spot being the play of Lizette Salas,
who halved her match against the intense veteran leader of Team Europe - Suzann Pettersen.
Controversial captain's pick, Michelle Wie held her own during the week, going 2-2.
Asst. Captain Dottie Pepper noted that the Europeans putted much better, which seemed to fuel
St.Leon-Rot in Germany is the site of the 2015 Solheim Cup.
Patrick Reed stares it down just moments before his 1st victory
Greensboro, N.C - Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth headed to a sudden death playoff after finishing
tied in regulation at -14 at Sedgefield Country Club. On the 1st playoff hole, Jordan Spieth faced a
27 ft downhill putt to stay alive, and the PGA Tour rookie drained the bomb to send the two
competitors on to the next. Spieth was in good shape off the tee, but Reed blocked his tee shot into
the trees right. At first the marshall signaled OB, but just before hitting his provisional, Reed received
the safe signal from the Greensboro faithful and thought to himself, "alright, let's go do it", Reed said.
His was safely in bounds, but it was not in a very good position, the ball was sitting up against a cable
on dirt with an extremely sidehill lie (the ball resting way above his feet). Spieth, hitting from the short
grass knocked his approach to about 12 feet and looked poised to win for the second time in 2013.
Patrick Reed, who fights the hook, needed to keep the ball above his feet from going left, and did just
that, picking the ball cleanly off the dirt and holding off the shot . . . a laser through the trees and
inside Spieth to about 7 feet from the flag.
After Spieth missed his chance, Reed poured his home for his 1st PGA Tour victory (Reed and wife
Justine are one of the few husband/wife - player/caddy teams). On Tuesday, Reed will be back at it . . .
this time in the Fedex Cup Playoffs at Liberty National, and Justine will be by his side, carrying the bag and
Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates with his brother after winning the U.S Amateur
Brookline, Mass - Matthew Fitzpatrick of England captured the most prestigious Amateur title in the
U.S Sunday at one of Americas most classic venues - The Country Club.
18 year old Fitzpatrick defeated 19 year old Austrailian Oliver Goss 4&3, and became the first
Englishman to win the Havemeyer Trophy since Harold Hinton won 102 years ago at Apawamis club
in Rye, New York back in 1911.
Fitzpatrick joins his countryman Justin Rose as winners of Americas two most prominent USGA titles.
Fitzpatrick was elated afterward, “I can't really describe how I'm feeling at the minute. That's sort
of what everyone wants in golf, wants to achieve, and I'm pretty sure Justin Rose said that after
his U.S. Open that it's nice to go down in the history books.”