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Europe keeps Solheim Cup
The Europeans wanted to make history by winning the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time. They did even better than that.
The Associated Press
PARKER, Colo. — The Europeans wanted to make history by winning the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time.
They did even better than that.
Caroline Hedwall became the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five of her matches, the last one with a splendid shot to 4 feet for birdie on the 18th for a 1-up win over Michelle Wie that assured Europe of keeping the cup.
More than an hour later, Cristie Kerr and Karine Icher played all the way to the 18th green until conceding each other birdies. That half-point made it 18-10 in favor of Europe, the biggest blowout since the Solheim Cup began in 1990.
And the Europeans did it with six rookies on their team, who combined to go 12-5-2.
Catriona Matthew, at 43 the oldest player on the team, rallied to halve her match against Gerina Piller that gave Europe 14½ points and an outright win in America.
“It’s a fantastic feeling right now,” European captain Liselotte Neumann said. “I’m so proud of them. They played such good golf this week.”
Charley Hull, the youngest player in Solheim Cup history at 17, capped off her amazing week by demolishing Paula Creamer in a match that set the tone for Europe. Carlota Ciganda handed Morgan Pressel her first loss in singles in four appearances to go 3-0 for the week.
“The way we played 16, 17 and 18 I think is what really made the difference,” U.S. captain Meg Mallon said. “It wasn’t for lack of preparation because we played this golf course quite a bit. So it wasn’t like a surprise for us. It was just a matter of who dropped the putts on those holes.”
Europe won 17 holes during that three-hole stretch this week, compared to 10 for the U.S.
Europe still trails 8-5 in the competition, but this was the first time it has won back-to-back.
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