Europe tops U.S. to claim Solheim Cup

Europe's Suzann Pettersen celebrates after a putt on No. 16. The Norwegian beat Michelle Wie to help Europe claim the Solheim Cup.

DUNSANY, Ireland — Europe won the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, finishing powerfully to beat the United States 15-13 at Killeen Castle.


Norway’s Suzann Pettersen turned the momentum Europe’s way when she recovered from 1 down with birdies at the last three holes to beat Michelle Wie by one hole.

Her win left Europe needing just one point from the last two singles to win the trophy but the side captained by Alison Nicholas did even better.

Caroline Hedwall of the Netherlands – 2 down with two holes to play – earned a crucial halved match to give Europe a 14-13 lead when rookie Ryann O’Toole bogeyed the 17th and 18th.

Spain’s Azahara Munoz birdied the 17th in the final singles to go 1 up on Angela Stanford and guarantee Europe’s victory before closing out a one hole win at the last.

The sides were tied 8-8 entering Sunday’s 12 singles matches but Europe won the session 7-5 with American Cristie Kerr forced to forfeit her match with Karen Stupples because of a wrist injury

The Americans got points when Morgan Pressel beat Anna Nordqvist 2 and 1 and Brittany Lang defeated Sandra Gall 6 and 5.


EUROPEAN TOUR: In Atzenbrugg, Austria, Kenneth Ferrie beat fellow Englishman Simon Wakefield in a playoff to win the Austrian Open for his first European Tour title since 2005 and third overall.

Ferrie and Wakefield both carded 67 to finish 12-under 276 for the tournament.


NATIONWIDE TOUR: In San Jacinto, Calif., Todd Potter, Jr., outlasted Miguel Angel Carballo and Andres Gonzales in a playoff at the Soboba Classic.

Potter (66), Carballo (65) and Gonzales (64) all finished regulation at 14-under 270 at the Country Club at Soboba Springs.

Former Augusta State golfer Major Manning (74) tied for 49th at 183 and Aiken’s Kevin Kisner (71) tied for 62nd at 288.


ATLANTA — Tiger Woods has hired Joe LaCava to be his third full-time caddie, The Associated Press learned Sunday.

Two people aware of the deal said LaCava decided to leave Dustin Johnson, one of the most talented young Americans, to go to work for the former world No. 1 who hasn’t won in the last two years.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Woods nor Johnson have spoken publicly about the hire.

LaCava was the longtime caddie for Fred Couples, a relationship that ended in the summer because Johnson was looking for a caddie and Couples’ playing schedule was being reduced because of his health.

One person said LaCava informed Johnson of his decision after the final round of the Tour Championship.

– Associated Press