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Europe crushes U.S. to retain Solheim Cup
August 19, 2013 -- Updated 1244 GMT (2044 HKT)
- Europe retain the Solheim Cup after beating U.S. 18-10 in Colorado
- The margin of victory was the biggest in the tournament's history
- Caroline Hedwall becomes the first player to win all five of her matches
- Rookie Charley Hull beats the U.S.'s Paula Creamer in the singles
(CNN) -- Europe won the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time after a record 18-10 victory over their U.S. rivals at the Colorado Golf Club.
Liselotte Neumann's Europeans, needing just three and half points from the final day's play to retain the trophy they won in Ireland two years ago, won five and halved four of Sunday's 12 singles matches.
Neumann's fellow Swede Caroline Hedwall was the star of the show as Europe won by a record eight-point margin.
Hedwall got the better of Michelle Wie in her singles match to become the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five of the matches she was involved in during the three days of competition.
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"I am still shaking but it is an unbelievable feeling," the 24-year-old told the Ladies European Tour website. "But I was so pumped and ready to go."
Europe's final day charge was led by British rookie Charley Hull, the youngest player to ever play in the tournament.
Hull registered a commanding five and four win over 2010 U.S. Open champion and world No. 11 Paula Creamer.
While not overawed by her illustrious opponent, Hull did ask Creamer to sign a ball for one of her friends.
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"I've got a friend, James, at home, who's a big fan so I thought I'd ask,"' explained the 17-year-old. "When I asked her she said 'really'?
"I wasn't too nervous. It's always the way I look at golf; I'm not going to die if I hit a bad shot.
"She played great but I just wish I could have given her more of a battle," conceded Creamer.
"The Solheim Cup seems to bring the best or the worst out in me and I just couldn't hit a fairway on the front nine."
Captain Neumann, who played in six Solheim Cups, winning in 1992 and 2000, was delighted with her charges.
"It's an amazing feeling," said the 1988 U.S. Open champion. "Everybody contributed and the whole team put in a huge effort. I was proud of the youngsters and my captain's picks. Everybody played extremely well."
Creamer warned the Europeans to expect a fired up U.S. when the teams renew their rivalry in Germany in 2015.
"We had some bad breaks, but that's golf," Creamer said. "And going into Germany we have got two years to sit on this, and four years since we have won the cup, and I can tell you we'll be ready to go."
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