Munoz returns to U.S. after Solheim Cup


ORLANDO, Fla. – Azahara Munoz is still glowing over the European Solheim Cup victory in September.

She isn’t alone with the LPGA returning to the United States for the first time since the Euros defeated the Americans in a thrilling finish at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

Munoz is staying with European Solheim Cup teammate Christel Boeljon for this week’s CME Group Titleholders Championship at Grand Cypress Resort.

“We were talking about it yesterday, and I said it’s funny because it’s been two months and I still get so excited by it,” Munoz said.

Ten Euros and 11 Americans who played in that Solheim Cup are in this week's event.

Munoz was an integral part of the final charge that won the cup. Playing the anchor match, she hit an 8-iron to 5 feet at the 17th hole to set up a birdie that put her 1 up on Angela Stanford and helped clinch the cup.

Munoz, 24, said it was the shot of her life.

“In that moment, I had to hit a good shot, and I did,” Munoz said. “I hope I hit a better shot in my career, but right now, it’s the best.”

Suzann Pettersen was also part of that dynamic finish, defeating Michelle Wie in a critical match.

“I think it was good for European ladies golf, and I think for golf worldwide,” Pettersen said. “I’ve heard comments that it was as good as the Ryder Cup, or as good as it gets.”