NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jan Stephenson made a 30-foot birdie putt for the deciding points Sunday in the World team's first victory in the Legends Tour's ISPS Handa Cup.
Stephenson shot a 1-under 71 to edge Sherri Turner by a stroke, and the World team went on to beat the United States 27-21 in the 45-and-older competition at Hermitage Golf Club. The Americans won the event the first six times and retained the cup last year with a tie in Orlando, Fla.
``It took a few years for the World team to practice and get better and better and better,'' World captain Pia Nilsson said. ``We were a team this week, and the passion was so strong. This is just going to make this competition even better, to grow in the future.''
JoAnne Carner captained the U.S. team.
``You hate to lose, but the way the World team played this week I have no repercussions, whatsoever,'' Carner said. ``They just outplayed us.''
The World team took a 14-10 lead into the 12 singles matches, with each match worth two points.
In the best match of the day, American Beth Daniel beat Laura Davis 66-67.
``It was like a boxing match out there - really good golf shots and a lot of fun,'' Daniel said.
Trish Johnson, Helen Alfredsson, Alison Nicholas, Lorie Kane and Mieko Nomura won matches for the World team. Johnson beat Rosie Jones 66-69, Alfredsson topped Barb Mucha 66-69, Nicholas defeated Nancy Lopez 72-75, Kane edged Christa Johnson 69-73, and Nomura beat Pat Bradley 68-76.
For the United States, Cindy Rarick beat Jenny Lidback 74-78, Laurie Rinker topped Jane Crafter 67-72, Nancy Scranton edged Liselotte Neumann 72-73, and Cindy Figg-Currier beat Alicia Dibos 68-73.
American Betsy King tied at 71 with Gail Graham.