Team USA Coach Meg Mallon thought that her 2013 Solheim Cup squad had a chance to make history when she saw how the singles matches draw came out late Saturday evening. She had stalwart former U.S. Women's Open winner Paula Creamer going against 17-year-old rookie Charley Hull in the opening match. She had Morgan Pressel going against Spain's Carlota Ciganda, who'd struggled with ball striking in her initial two teams matches. She had world number two ranked Stacy Lewis going against Anna Nordqvist. She had two time major winner Cristie Kerr against Karine Icher.
On paper, it looked as if Team USA may have gotten the draw it needed to possibly win the nine points it needed to overcome Europe's huge five point advantage going into Sunday's singles matches……..but….
The young rookie, Charley Hull, the youngest player to ever compete at the Solheim Cup, didn't know any better. After yielding a one up deficit to Creamer on the first hole, she basically schooled the veteran on ball striking and hammered her into an early defeat. Creamer looked like the rookie missing fairways and missing putts. In fact, if Hull hadn't missed three putts inside of four feet during the match, this one would have been over even sooner. Hull's 5-4 victory after the 14th hole set the tone for the rest of the afternoon and early evening.
There were times when it looked like Team USA may indeed make a charge. At one point, they were leading in six matches and trailing in only two. But stalwarts like Lewis and Kerr could only manage halves in their matches, while Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, and Jessica Korda all went down to defeat after leading earlier in their matches.
In the end, only Brittany Lang and Solheim Cup rookie Lexi Thompson could bring home wins for Team USA, while Europe captured five of the matches. The other five matches were all halved. The 18-10 final margin was the largest by either team in Solheim Cup history.
In other firsts, it was the first time that Team Europe had ever won on U.S. soil and the first time they'd ever retained the cup from a previous victory.
The Americans will have to wait two years to try to return the favor when the Solheim Cup heads to Frankfurt, Germany in 2015.
One of the two main stars for Europe was Hull, who stated after her match that she didn't feel nervous. From USA Today's Steve DiMeglio:
"I didn't really feel that nervous, to be honest," said Hull, who still said the experience was "wicked". "This is how I always look at golf. I'm not going to die if I miss it. Just hit it, find it and hit it again."
Even though she had just schooled her, Hull asked Creamer to autograph one of her golf balls for a friend after the match.
Creamer had to now know the feeling that Hall of Famer Laura Davies had back in 2005, when as a 19-year-old Solheim Cup rookie, Creamer manhandled Davies in their singles match that year.
The other star was Caroline Hedwall, who defeated Michelle Wie on the final hole while providing the clinching point that made the remaining matches out on the Colorado Golf Club moot. Hedwall became the first player in Soleim Cup history to go 5-0. She was the only player on either side who competed in all five matches during the three day event.
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