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Stable in singles, American women take Solheim Cup again

But as the Sunday singles went on and red numbers got plastered up and down the scoreboard, it was the Europeans who looked as if they hadn't been in these situations before.

Suzann Pettersen, whose great approach shot Saturday on No. 18 helped Europe to one of its halved matches, missed a pair of near tap-ins on 16 and 17. Then, with a chance to salvage another tie on 18, she yanked her approach well left of the green. She lost 2-down in an upset to Prammanasudh.

"I'm just happy to finally get a win,'' said Prammanasudh, one of several Americans who settled for ties over the early rounds.

Annika Sorenstam struggled, missing a balky 4-footer on No. 15 then misreading her putt on No. 16 in a 2-and-1 loss to Pressel, who overcame her nerves for her first win of the weekend - and against Sorenstam in her home country, at that.

"Morgan just played, you know, slightly better than I did today,'' said Sorenstam, who wore a blue and yellow wig to the postmatch news conference in an attempt to lighten the mood. "There's not much I could have done.''

Maybe the most symbolic moment for Europe on this disappointing day was the scene of rookie Becky Brewerton stymied by a tree near the 18th green, looking at playing a left-handed shot into putting range.

A veteran more familiar with the rules might have asked for relief, then been able to move the ball and play right-handed, because of the stands that blocked her path to the hole. European captain Helen Alfredsson said she didn't know about the situation.

Brewerton never got relief and after hitting the stands with the left-handed shot, she lost the hole to Sherri Steinhauer, who stood there laughing with her caddie while the scene played out.

"I don't know that it would have made a difference,'' Alfredsson said. "I think she knows the rules.''

For Steinhauer, it resulted in a much more satisfying halve than the one she settled for Saturday after missing a slippery, 3-foot putt on No. 18. It was that putt that possibly triggered the comment from Pepper.

There was very little to criticize this time, though.

Pressel's victory may have been most impressive given the way she struggled with short putts all week. The 19-year-old Nabisco champion hit a gorgeous shot to 6 feet on No. 16 - a par-3 that has bedeviled all the players all week - then rapped the putt in to ensure at least a tie with the world's former No. 1.

Despite the hiccup in her early match Sunday, Creamer was steady all week. She went 2-0-3 and improved to 5-1-4 in her two Solheim Cup appearances.

King, meanwhile, is now 1-0 as a captain and looked to be fighting back tears as the action wound down.

"They say the captain gets too much credit when you win and too much blame when you lose,'' King said as she cradled the trophy, "and I still think that's very true.''

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