Europe has historic week at Solheim Cup


PARKER, Colo. – Europe won the Solheim Cup for the first time on American soil Sunday at Colorado Golf Club. The U.S. never mounted a serious charge in singles and the cup was won after the first six matches.

Here’s a wrap on the historic week:

Leaderboard: Singles – Europe 7 1/2, U.S. 4 1/2; Total – Europe 18, U.S. 10.

What it means: This wasn’t just a European win, it was a domination. The eight-point margin of victory was a record for biggest margin in the history of the Solheim Cup. Europe won by seven points in 2003 in Sweden and the U.S. won by seven points in the inaugural matches in 1990. It bears repeating, two years ago the Solheim Cup was in jeopardy of becoming irrelevant. Heading into Sunday at Ireland in 2011 many believed that if the Americans won, an overall 9-3 advantage would make people lose interest. Europe won with a spectacular Sunday performance, now wins for the first time on American soil and the Solheim Cup is more relevant than it’s ever been. The U.S. leads 8-5 in the series.

Match of the day: Seventeen-year-old Charley Hull put on a clinic in a 5-and-4 victory over Paula Creamer. Hull made five birdies – including three missed 4-footers – and won at a time that was a key point for Europe.

Best of the rest: Caroline Hedwall went 5-0, which is the first time in the history of the Solheim Cup that a player from either side won all five matches. It was as impressive of a feat as there is in the game. Can Hedwall bottle this greatness and carry it over to the LPGA, where, somehow, she’s never won?

Biggest disappointment: That the Americans never managed any sort of a Sunday run after getting embarrassed during the Saturday afternoon fourball sweep. Europe claimed 3 1/2 points in the first five matches and it was clear early that there wouldn’t be a Medinah-type comeback. The American Triumvirate of Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Stacy Lewis were a combined 3-8-1.

Shot of the day: Hedwall, of course, hit her approach shot to 4 feet into the 18th hole. She drained the birdie putt and her full point retained the cup for Europe.

Quote of the day: “I didn’t really feel that nervous, to be honest. Because this is how I always look at golf. I’m not going to die if I hit a bad shot. Just hit it, and find it, and hit it again.” – Charley Hull, moments after beating Creamer, 5 and 4.