Solheim Cup, U.S.: Player-by-player grades

PARKER, Colo. — After a surprising 18-10 defeat at the hands of Europe, the U.S. will need to wait until 2015 to try and regain the Solheim Cup. Here is a player-by-player look at the American squad, including grades and record:

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Paula Creamer: C (1-3-0)

Creamer’s record doesn’t show how well she played for most of the Cup. Creamer and Lewis put together an incredible run in Saturday foursomes with seven birdies and still lost. Her worst play, however, came when the U.S. needed her the most. She lost to English sensation Charley Hull on Sunday, giving Europe its first point.

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Cristie Kerr: B- (1-2-1)

Kerr showed moments of brilliance – like the end of her foursomes loss on Friday morning – and in her victory with Wie Friday afternoon. But she didn’t show up on Saturday fourballs, making only one birdie. And by the time her anchor match came to the 18th, the Europeans had been celebrating for what felt like days.

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Jessica Korda: B- (1-2-1)

Rookie paired with Morgan Pressel for the Americans’ only point in Friday foursomes. The Florida girls came back for more on Saturday but lost to “Swedish Vikings” Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist. Her second loss came with Wie in Saturday fourballs, when she posted only two birdies, and managed only a halve against Guilia Sergas, who birdied the 18th.

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Brittany Lang: A (3-1-0)

Surprise star of the American team, Lang was the most consistent. She put a point on the board all three days, teaming with Wie and Lincicome to find success. The Texan should’ve been out on Saturday afternoon as well. Lang won the first point for the Americans in the singles session, defeating Munoz, 2 and 1.

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Stacy Lewis: C- (1-2-1)

Overall a disappointing week for the No. 2 player in the world. She played well with Creamer, but only posted two birdies in her fourball loss with Thompson and was the weak link in her opening foursome match with Salas on Friday, having trouble with green speed. On Sunday, she managed only a half point against Anna Nordqvist to bring her career record to a shocking 2-5-1.

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Brittany Lincicome: B- (1-1-1)

Couldn’t keep pace with Jodi Ewart-Shadoff’s three consecutive birdies on the back nine in singles, losing 3 and 2. Played only twice with a partner but never lost, scoring a point with Lang in fourballs and a half point with Salas in foursomes.

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Gerina Piller: C (0-2-1)

Had control of her singles match most of the day until she bogeyed the 17th, allowing Catriona Matthew to sneak in the half point. Rookie carried good friend Angela Stanford in both fourball sessions – with 7 total birdies – but lost in both.

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Morgan Pressel: C (1-3-0)

Paired with Korda to put the first red point on the board Friday morning to hold off a Euro sweep. Didn’t get much help from Kerr in Saturday fourball loss, posted three birdies on the back nine. Got pounded by Ciganda on Sunday, never leading the match. A disappointing week for Pressel, who went 4-0 in Ireland.

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Lizette Salas: B- (0-1-2)

Solid debut for Salas, who despite feeling ill early in the week, looked in control going out first on Day 1 and draining an early birdie putt. She was the strong link when paired with Lewis and managed only a half point in Saturday foursomes when Catriona Matthew drained a birdie putt on the last. Salas hung tight with Pettersen, who rattled off four birdies in five holes on the back nine to square the match.

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Angela Stanford: D (0-4-0)

For some reason, Stanford can’t get it done at the Solheim Cup. Her career record of 3-10-4 doesn’t reflect her talent nor desire. She paired with fellow Texan and close friend Piller twice in fourballs and couldn’t pull out a point either time, posting only one birdie on Saturday.

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Lexi Thompson: B- (1-2-0)

Impressive debut for Thompson, who appeared only in fourball competition the first two days. She lost both matches but made nine total birdies. On Sunday, Thompson was one of only two players to win singles match, trouncing Caroline Masson, 4 and 3.

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Michelle Wie: A- (2-2-0)

Gotta hand it to the Big Wiesy, she justified her pick. Can’t think of another American player who could’ve handled the stage better. Her chip-in on the 13th on Day 1 was a Cup highlight. Faced a tough match against MVP Caroline Hedwall in singles and brought it to the 18th, losing 1 up. Only one player scored more points for the Americans.

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