After being infuriated by a call they found unsportsmanlike, the Americans staged the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history Sunday to wrest the trophy back from Europe.
Paula Creamer defeated Germany's Sandra Gal to complete the turnaround and secure a 14-13 victory for the United States in St. Leon-Rot, Germany. The United States had trailed by four points going into the singles.
The match turned after American rookie Alison Lee was penalized for picking up her ball when she thought her putt was conceded in a morning fourballs match carried over from Saturday. U.S. captain Juli Inkster considered it a breach of etiquette.
"You just don't do that to your peers," she said. "I don't know if my team needed to be fired up anymore, but they were real fired up."
Europe, winner of the past two Solheim Cups, led 10-6 going into the 12 singles matches but could only win three and draw another. No team had ever come from more than two down going into the singles.
Among the U.S. singles highlights was Cristie Kerr making nine birdies in 11 holes to beat dominant German teen Charley Hull 3 and 2. Angela Stanford ended her nine-match losing streak.
The comeback began after Lee, believing a putt shorter than 2 feet had been conceded because Hull had walked off the green, picked up her ball on the 17th hole of a fourballs match. Hull's playing partner, Suzann Pettersen, insisted that Hull had only walked toward her to discuss conceding the putt, and the ensuing penalty cost the U.S. the match.
Day wins BMW Championship
Jason Day completed his runaway victory in the PGA Tour's BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Ill., shooting a 2-under 69 for a 22-under-par total and a six-shot victory over Daniel Berger. The victory made Day the top-ranked player in the world.
Vettel springs F1 surprise
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel overcame the shock of coming across a track intruder midrace and won the Singapore Grand Prix, while runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton suffered his first retirement of the season, injecting new life into the fight for the Formula One title.
Vettel led from start to finish in a race that was interrupted by a fan wandering on the track; that 37-year-old man was arrested after Vettel dodged him.
Hamilton suffered an engine-clamp failure and retired on lap 33 of 61. His championship lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished fourth, was trimmed from 53 to 41 points. There are six races left.
AROUND THE HORN
Davis Cup tennis: Jack Sock clinched the United States' Davis Cup World Group playoff win over Uzbekistan with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denis Istomin in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The U.S. was in danger of falling from the World Group, where it has played since 1989. … Andy Murray sent Britain into its first Davis Cup final in 37 years, securing a 3-1 victory over Australia with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 win over Bernard Tomic in Glasgow, Scotland. Belgium awaits Britain in the Nov. 27-29 final after beating Argentina 3-1 in the other semifinal.
International basketball: Tournament MVP Pau Gasol had a double-double as Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 in Lille, France, to regain the European basketball championship. Gasol finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.