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Europe add Solheim glory to Ryder Cup success

Another defeat for America on European soil

Posted Sep 27, 2011 by Chris White

The European women braved the conditions in Ireland to seal the Solheim Cup

The European women emulated their male counterparts by winning the Solheim Cup in dramatic style at Killeen Castle in Ireland. Europe fell behind in the final day’s singles matches as it looked like America would retain their title once more, but an exciting climax to the event saw the cup remain on the European side of the Atlantic for the first time in four events.

The Americans lead 12.5-11.5 before a European comeback involving Christel Boeljon, who levelled the scores, and then Suzann Pettersen, Caroline Hedwall and Azahara Munoz secured a 15-13 victory.

The final three were the last on the course, including Pettersen taking on Michelle Wie in what was becoming an increasingly crucial match. Wie lead by one shot going into the 16th but the Norwegian levelled and then birdied the 17th and 18th to complete a victory.

When Hedwall halved her match with Ryann O’Toole, she did so to seal the victory for the Europeans, giving them an unassailable lead, while Munoz parred the last hole to seal another full point, giving her team a two-point winning margin over their American counterparts.

European captain Alison Nicholas praised the Scandinavian duo of Pettersen and Hedwall for holding their nerve, adding that the pair are destined for glory in the future.

The weather threatened to disrupt proceedings on the final day, with around 40 minutes lost due to bad weather as the ground staff attempted to clear the water off the greens. This could have played havoc with the momentum of both teams, but Europe seemed to cope far better despite the number of rookies in their team.

Singles results: K Stupples (Eur) bt C Kerr (USA) 10&8. C Matthew (Eur) bt P Creamer (USA) 6&5. S Gustafson (Eur) bt S Lewis (USA) 2 Up. M Pressel (USA) bt A Nordqvist (Eur) 2&1. L Davies (Eur) halved with J Inkster (USA). V Hurst (USA) bt M Reid (Eur) 2 Up. C Boeljon (Eur) bt B Lincicome (USA) 2 Up. B Lang (USA) bt S Gal (Eur) 6&5. C Kim (USA) bt M Hjorth (Eur) 4&2. S Pettersen (Eur) bt M Wie (USA) 1 Up. C Hedwall (Eur) halved with R O’Toole (USA). A Munoz (Eur) bt A Stanford (USA) 1 Up.

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