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U.S. captures Solheim Cup

Paula Creamer of the United States reacts as her putt drops in for birdie to win the hole and put her 2 up on Laura Davies.
Paula Creamer of the United States reacts as her putt drops in for birdie to win the hole and put her 2 up on Laura Davies.
Michael Conroy, Associated Press

The United States won back the Solheim Cup, and picked up a new star along the way.

Paula Creamer, the 19-year-old rookie who all but guaranteed a victory two weeks ago, backed it up Sunday in Carmel, Ind., with a crushing victory over Laura Davies that set the tone for an American rout in singles.

The Americans won six of the first seven matches — none of those even reached the 18th hole — and were leading 14-10 when Meg Mallon clinched the cup with a par putt on the 16th hole for a 2-up lead, assuring them at least the 14 1/2 points required to win the cup and keep their record perfect at home. Mallon won the next hole with a par to finish a 3-and-1 victory over Karen Stupples, and the celebration was on. Rosie Jones played in the final, meaningless match and earned a halve against Suzann Pettersen. It was the only match that reached the 18th hole on the final day.

The score was 15 1/2-12 1/2, a perfect sendoff for Jones, 45, who is retiring, and for U.S. captain Nancy Lopez, who drilled her troops through extra sessions of alternate shot before they arrived at Crooked Stick. The matches were tied at 8 going into the last day, an advantage for the Americans because they historically have dominated singles.

CANADIAN OPEN: At Vancouver, British, Columbia, Mark Calcavecchia struggled with his putter in the final round and made just one birdie on the weekend, but ended a four-year winless streak by closing with a 1-over 71 for a one-stroke victory at the Canadian Open.

Calcavecchia, whose only birdie since the second round came at the 475-yard, par-4 fifth on Sunday, had a 5-under 275 total, the highest winning score for a full-field, non-major PGA Tour event this year.

Ben Crane closed with a 66, and 2004 U.S. Amateur champion Ryan Moore had a 70 to finish tied for second.

Calcavecchia ended any chance of a playoff by sticking his second shot at No. 18 within 6 feet of the pin and then lagged the putt to within tap-in range.

GERMAN MASTERS: At Pulheim, Germany, Retief Goosen missed a 5-foot par putt on the 18th hole but escaped with a one-stroke victory at the German Masters for his third title in six weeks.

The two-time U.S. Open champion led by two shots entering the last hole and closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268.

Henrik Stenson (68), Jose Maria Olazabal (66), Nick Dougherty (68) and David Lynn (67) all finished at 269 in the $3.8 million tournament.

Goosen sent his tee shot into the brush on the 18th. The South African was forced to take a drop and blasted an excellent 150-yard shot from the rough, but he failed to make the putt and was left with a bogey. Stenson and Dougherty, playing behind him, had a chance to catch him but parred the final hole.