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A look at the victorious European Solheim Cup team

Posted Sep 28, 2011 by Chris White

Mel Reid drives as Laura Davies looks on

When Europe sealed the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Ireland, it compiled the misery that is American golf at present, with both major team trophies currently in European hands, as well as the top three positions in the men’s world rankings.

World number two Suzann Petterson birdied the last three holes in her match against Michelle Wie to set it up for Caroline Hedwall to secure victory for Europe. But who else were the main performers in the European team?

Here is a look at all of the players chosen to lead their continent to victory in Ireland.

Christel Boeljon. The 24-year old from the Netherlands is the first Dutch woman to have represented her country in the competition. She lost her foursomes and four-balls matches, but bounced back to beat Brittany Lincicome 2 up in the singles.

Laura Davies. The most experienced member of the European team who has played in every single Solheim Cup competition since its inception in 1990. She lost her opening four-balls match but bounced back to win her second alongside Mel Reid before halving her singles match with Juli Inkster.

Sandra Gal. A captain’s pick for this year’s competition, the German was making her European team debut. Halved her four-ball match and lost 6&5 to Brittany Lang in the singles.

Sophie Gustafson. The Swede won every match she participated in – two four-ball matches, a foursome and a singles. Arguably the top performer despite being overlooked because of her early finish in the singles.

Caroline Hedwall. The youngest member of the team played like an established Solheim Cup pro. The 22-year old won her opening day four-ball match then the second foursome, but lost her second four-ball. Recovered to secure the winning half point for Europe in her singles tie.

Maria Hjorth. Making her fifth consecutive Solheim Cup appearance, Hjorth lost all three of her matches – a foursome, four-ball and singles.

Catriona Matthew. Won her foursome and halved the four-ball on day one, then halved the second foursome and thrashing Creamer 6&5 in the singles.

Azahara Munoz. A Solheim Cup rookie, Munoz was put in the perfect position of finishing off her round with the cup won this year. Halved her foursome and lost her four-ball and won her singles match after Hedwall secured the vital half.

Anna Nordqvist. Lost the opening foursomes match of this year’s competition but responded well to win in the four balls. Won her second foursome but lost her singles match.

Suzann Pettersen. The world number two recently won the Ladies Irish Open at the same course, and got off to a great start, winning her foursomes matches and her singles.

Melissa Reid. The youngster from the East Midlands of England went into the competition with high hopes on her shoulders, but lost her opening foursomes and four-ball matches on the first day. Came back well to win the four-ball match on day two but was beaten by Vicky Hurst in the singles.

Karen Stupples. Making her second Solheim Cup appearance, the captain’s pick lost both of her foursomes and won by walkover in the singles with Cristie Kerr forced to withdraw through injury.

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