Aug 20 (Reuters) - The United States beat Europe to retain the Solheim Cup in Iowa on Sunday.
The Americans started the 12 singles matches on the final day with a five-point lead, needing only four more points to secure victory at Des Moines Country Club.
After an early European rally, the U.S. steadied to close it out reasonably comfortably.
Angel Yin halved the fifth match against Karine Icher to ensure the U.S. of at least a draw, enough to retain the Cup won two years ago in Germany.
Moments later the U.S. was assured victory.
The U.S. improved to 10-5 in the history of the biennial event which started in 1990. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Pritha Sarkar)