Europe retains Solheim with demolition of U.S.

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Europe showed Sunday it can win the Solheim Cup anywhere.

Caroline Hedwall became the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five of her matches, holing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory that assured the Europeans retaining the cup.

Moments later, Catriona Matthew finished off a rally to halve her match against Gerina Piller, giving Europe 14 1/2 points for its first win — and not a close one — on American soil since this event began in 1990.

Charley Hull, at 17 the youngest player in Solheim Cup history, demolished Paula Creamer 5 up, setting the tone for Europe. Hull sank a 45-foot birdie putt at No. 6 for her first lead.

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda handed Morgan Pressel her first lost in singles in four appearances for a 3-0 week. Ciganda finished with five straight birdies.

Fort Worth resident Angela Stanford lost 2 and 1 to Beatriz Ricardi to extend her Solheim losing streak to seven

Europe still trails 8-5 in the competition, but this was the first time it has won back-to-back Solheim Cups.

“It’s a fantastic feeling right now,” European captain Liselotte Neumann said. “I’m so proud of them. They played such good golf this week. They just played tremendous golf.”

Matthew holed the winning the putt, but the Europeans really won Saturday afternoon when they swept the fourballs matches to build a 10 1/2-5 1/2 lead, matching the largest margin going into Sunday.

U.S. captain Meg Mallon stacked her best players at the top of the lineup, but Europe was ahead early four of the opening five matches. Brittany Lang delivered a point, finally beating Azahara Munoz on the 17th.

Stacy Lewis drove the green on the par-4 14th for a birdie and her first lead in the opening singles match, but missed an 8-foot birdie on the 16th for a chance to go 2 up on Anna Nordqvist.

One day after her hole-in-one, the Swede sank a 20-foot birdie putt to square it. Lewis needed a 7-foot par for a half-point.

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