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Brent Kelley

Historic Win for Europe Over USA at 2013 Solheim Cup

By August 18, 2013

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With Europe needing one more point to keep hold of the Solheim Cup, it's only appropriate that earning that point came down to the best player of the tournament, Caroline Hedwall.

Hedwall and Michelle Wie were all square after 17 holes of an intense match, when Hedwall put her approach to the 18th green within a few feet of cup. After Wie's long birdie try slid just by, Hedwall sank her own birdie try to win the 14th point for Europe, guaranteeing Europe would keep the cup.

The final score was Europe 18, USA 10.

It's a huge win for Europe on several counts:
  • The first-ever win for Europe on American soil;
  • The first time Europe has won back-to-back Solheim Cups;
  • It's the largest margin of victory in Solheim Cup history.

And it was a huge week for Hedwall, who is the first player in Solheim Cup history win five points, going 5-0-0. The previous best by one player was 4.5 points by Carin Koch (4-0-1) in 2002; three golfers - Dottie Pepper in 1998, Sophie Gustafson and Morgan Pressel in 2011 - had gone 4-0-0. But nobody had ever posted a 5-0-0 record, until Hedwall.

The other star of the day for Europe was 17-year-old Charley Hull, who exhibited no fear, no nerves, no sign of being intimidated by the setting or especially her singles opponent, Paula Creamer. Hull crushed Creamer, 5 and 4, in the second match out, putting up the first point of the day for Europe.

Team USA needed to win nine points in singles - something that had been done only once previously in Solheim Cup history - to win back the cup. Instead, Europe earned 7.5 of the available 12 singles points.

If Hull's win was a surprise to some, so, probably, was Carlota Ciganda's 4 and 2 win over Morgan Pressel in the fourth game of the day. Ciganda looked awful on Day 1, but looked, well, more like herself - a very talented golfer - against Pressel. Ciganda is probably the most talented of the many young Spanish golfers currently making their marks in the game.

The closest Europe had come previously to winning in the United States was three points, falling by 15.5 to 12.5 scores in both 2005 and 2002.

The USA still leads the overall Solheim Cup standings, winning eight times to Europe's five times. As noted, this is the first time Europe has won two in a row, having won the 2011 Solheim Cup 15 to 13. After winning in 1992, Europe lost by six points in 1994; after winning in 2000, they lost by three points in 2002; and after winning in 2003, Europe lost by three points in 2005.

The previous largest winning margin was seven points - a 17-10 Europe victory in 2003, and an 11.5 to 4.5 win at the very first Solheim Cup in 1990 by Team USA.

2013 Solheim Cup match scores

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August 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm
(1) gamereader says:

Europe used Fred Couples formula of young, hungry, nothing to lose players to win against a US team who played well but nervous. Congrats to them. And, to Michelle Wie who showed she can still become a great player. Some competitors are just better for match play. Her length makes her a tough opponent.

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