Dottie Pepper won another emotional match and Sherri Steinhauer hit two memorable iron shots down the stretch for the deciding point as the United States blunted a European comeback Sunday to retain the Solheim Cup.

Criticized by the Europeans for her emotional displays and cheerleading on the course, Pepper ran her record to 4-0 this week and 10-1 in the last three Solheims."I get inspired for stuff like this," Pepper said. "I love a team format and playing for your country gives me goosebumps."

The 16-12 victory was the Americans' fourth in the five biennial competitions, the women's version of the men's Ryder Cup. Europe's only victory came in 1992 at Dalmahoy in Scotland.

Ahead 101/2-51/2 to start the final day, the United States needed just 31/2 points in singles to retain the Solheim Cup. With one point up for grabs in each of the 12 head-to-head matches, Europe applied the heat by capturing Sunday's first three matches at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

"They came out with their guns loaded," Pepper said.

But then Pepper completed a 3 and 2 victory over Trish Johnson, followed by Rosie Jones' 6 and 4 win over Catrin Nilsmark.

After knocking a wedge shot within 4 feet at the par-4 14th to clinch the match, Jones - who played at nearby Ohio State - pumped her arm and smiled to the crowd as she walked to the green.

Then Kelly Robbins drained a 12-foot birdie putt at the 17th to close out Charlotta Sorenstam 2 and 1 to move the U.S. team within a point of retaining the crystal championship trophy.

Steinhauer assured the United States of retaining the cup when her third-shot approach on the par-5 15th came to rest 18 inches from the hole. Her birdie tap-in locked up the half-point the Americans' needed to keep the Solheim Cup.

Tammie Green, who lives just 50 miles away in Somerset, was followed by a large partisan gallery in beating Alison Nicholas 1-up.

In the final match of the day, Meg Mallon conceded the final hole to Europe's Sophie Gustafson - even though Mallon was on the back fringe and was ahead 1-up while Gustafson had an 18-foot birdie putt.

The late American heroics followed a valiant comeback by the Europeans, who went 6-5-1 on the final day.

BC Open

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Chris Perry finally won't have to hear it any more: "Why haven't you won? You've been right there."

After 14 years, Perry finally was right there on a Sunday.

He shot a 5-under-par 67 to win the B.C. Open by three strokes over Peter Jacobsen. Perry finished the four rounds at 15-under 273 and took the first-place check of $270,000.

Nolan Henke was third, another stroke back, while Curt Byrum, Robert Allenby, and Ted Tryba finished tied for fourth at 278.

This was Perry's 378th tournament.

Third-round leader Bruce Fleisher, who started Sunday with a one-shot lead over Henke, faltered on the front nine with three bogeys, added two more on the back and finished with a 76 and in a tie for ninth at 280.

Lancome Trophy

SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France - Miguel Angel Jimenez made a spectacular 30-yard chip over a bunker to birdie the 18th hole and win the Lancome Trophy on Sunday after Americans Mark O'Meara and David Duval dropped shots at the same hole.

The Spaniard, who won $209,000, ended the tournament at 11-under 273, two shots ahead of Duval, O'Meara, Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden and New Zealand's Greg Turner.

Jimenez's birdie on the par-3, 209-yard 18th clinched the win.

"I was just trying to make three, but I hit a very solid chip just the way I wanted," he said. "When it bounced on the green, I saw the line and thought to myself `Oh my God it is going in.' This really is the most dramatic victory of my career."

Duval, the leading money winner this year, looked well-placed for his first European victory before he hit his tee shot at 18 into the water and for a double-bogey. O'Meara, the defending champion here and Duval's playing partner, bogeyed the last hole after hitting the grandstand.

Kroger Senior

MASON, Ohio - Hugh Baiocchi made a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a record-tying five-man playoff Sunday to win the rain-shortened Kroger Senior Classic.

The victory in the tournament, which had Sunday's final round rained out and was cut to 36 holes, was worth $165,000 to Baiocchi, who won the Comfort Classic last week at Indianapolis.

That meant the five players tied for the second-round lead at 7-under-par 133 - Baiocchi, Bob Charles, Larry Nelson, Bruce Summerhays and Frank Conner - would meet in a playoff, tying the Senior PGA Tour record set at the 1996 Emerald Coast Classic.

After a 31/2-hour delay, and with darkness closing in, the five players went to No. 16, a 191-yard par-3 over water.

All five missed the green, but all got up and down and trooped back to the 16th tee because the final two holes were unplayable.

This time all five hit the green, with Baiocchi closest to the pin.

One by one, the others missed their birdie putts. Baiocchi rolled in his putt and pumped his fist in the air.