Europe have won the Solheim Cup for the 5th time, but what was special about it this year was the fact that it was the first time the Europeans have won it in America. The previous four times Europe won the title have been all in Europe, twice in Scotland, once in Sweden and other than this years, the most recent being in Ireland. Yet now, finally they have defeated the United States in America and it was done it style with a dominant 18-10 triumph.
Going into the final day of the Solheim Cup, Europe only needed 3 and a half points in order to retain the Solheim Cup, but they did better than their target of 3.5 points absolutely dominating the third day. Out of the 12 meetings on the third day, Europe won 5, 5 were tied and America only won 2 handing Europe a very comfortable victory. Whilst this is the first time Europe have beaten the United States away from Europe, it is also the first time that they have managed to retain the Solheim Cup in its history.
The day was kicked-off mutually as the round between American Stacy Lewis and European Anna Nordqvist ended in a draw before Europe took the upper hand when England’s 17-year-old Charley Hull’s defeated Paula Creamer 5&4. Brittany Lang levelled it for the United States when she topped Azahara Munoz 2&1, but quickly saw Europe regain the lead a round later as Carlota Ciganda triumphed over Morgan Pressel. Europe extended their lead in the next round when Caroline Hedwall ran riot over Michelle Wie.
After the next three matches were drawn, it was basically tournament over, especially when Europe’s Jodie Ewart-Shadoff and Beatriz Recari won their matches beating Brittany Lincicome and Angela Stanford respectively. The final round between Europe’s Karine Icher and America’s Cristie Kerr ended in a tie which secured the victory for Europe, even though they knew they had won many matches before the final match ended. The final score was 18-10 meaning this is the largest margin a team has won by in the Solheim Cup.
England’s youngster, who is quickly becoming known in the golfing world as she is very good for the age of 17, Charley Hull commented after the victory, “I gave myself high hopes and I just wanted to prove people wrong. I’m 17 and people were wondering if I could perform under the pressure but I go out and enjoy it, which takes care of the pressure. Before the match I just thought ‘bring it’ because I beat her on Saturday and I’d try to do it again.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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