Published: Sep 25, 2011 9:49 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 26, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

DUNSANY, Ireland (AP) - United States captain Rosie Jones has defended her decision to play Cristie Kerr in the first four sessions of the Solheim Cup after an injury ruled the top-ranked American out of the final day's singles.

Kerr broke down in tears during the warmup Sunday when it became apparent that she would be unable to play any part in the final day because of tendinitis in her right arm.

That gave Karen Stupples of England a point by forfeit and Europe went on to win 15-13. The U.S. needed 14 points to retain the cup.

Jones said she considered making a change to her team on Friday but Kerr was "fine then" and the inflammation only became a problem during Saturday night.