2013 Solheim Cup Winners and Losers

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2013

2013 Solheim Cup Winners and Losers

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    Europe made history at the Colorado Country Club. Not only did it retain the Solheim Cup, it won it for the first time in the United States and with an advantage record of eight points.

    With a team of youngsters and veterans, the Europeans proved that they have more talent than is credited.

    The United States players did not come to the Solheim at their best with Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie struggling with their game in the past months.

    Let's find out who are the winners and losers of this year's edition.

Winner: Caroline Hedwall

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    The Swedish golfer won all of her matches for a total of five points. This is something that no other player has ever achieved in the Solheim Cup history.

    Caroline Hedwall (5-0) earned the exact same number of points as Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr combined (4-10-2).

    — Jay Coffin (@JayCoffinGC) August 19, 2013

    At age 24, Caroline Hedwall has played two Solheims for a record of 7-1-1. In 2011, she received the Ladies European Tour top awards: Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.

    Hedwall also plays in the LPGA, where she has yet to win. 

    Here is the putt that won the Solheim Cup for the Europeans https://t.co/rwzmf6mshm

    — Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) August 19, 2013

     

Loser: Angela Stanford

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    For the second time in her career, Angela Stanford did not score one single point in the Solheim Cup. In 2011, Stanford also lost all her matches.

    She has not had her best season in the LPGA, but certainly not her worst either. Angela has five top-10 finishes and ranks 10th on the Money List.

    However, Stanford seems uptight when she plays this kind of event. Her performance on the tour did not reflect this week, and she should reflect on that.

Winner: Charley Hull

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    At age 17, Charley Hull became the youngest golfer to play in the Solheim Cup. She also held off one of the most consistent and feared players in matchplay: Paula Creamer.

    Hull debuted on Friday in the afternoon fourball but lost along with Catriona Matthew. However, she returned on Saturday and partnered with her fellow countrywoman Jodi Ewart Shadoff to secure one point against Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson.

    The biggest accomplishment for the 17-year-old came in her singles match. Hull faced Creamer for the second day in a row and dominated the American in style: 5 and 4.

Loser: Stacy Lewis

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    A week before her impressive performance at St. Andrews Old Course, Stacy Lewis was completely out of tune in this year's Solheim.

    The 28-year-old grabbed 1.5 points out of a possible four. Lewis was constantly frustrated and not as sharp as she usually is with her short game.

    She fought very hard, and it was not until the single matches that she actually showed some of her magic in the last holes of her match against Swedish golfer Anna Nordqvist.

Winners: Europe's Captain and Assistant Captains

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    European captain Liselotte Neumann, along with assistant captains Annika Sorenstam and Carin Koch, managed to change 23 years of history. No wonder why they are three of the most influential golfers of their country.

    For the first time, Europe won the Solheim Cup on USA turf. The team accomplished the feat in style by winning 18 to 10.

    This is the fifth time the Europeans take the cup home and the first time they do so with back-to-back wins.

Loser: Paula Creamer

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    Paula Creamer had her worst performance in the Solheim Cup since her debut in 2005. For the first time, "The Pink Panther" only won one point for her team.

    Creamer used to be one of the toughest Americans in this tournament, but this year she was not a factor.

    She lost in the Friday morning fourball, along with Cristie Kerr, and had the same result the next day —when she partnered with Lexi Thompson—and failed to win her singles match.

    Paula has struggled with her putting all year long, and that was precisely what buried her. She had a lot of chances, but her game on the green was completely off.

Winner: Women's Golf

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    Once again, the Solheim Cup proved that women's golf can be very exciting. The 24 players gave the fans and media quite a show in the three-day tournament.

    The rookies, like Charley Hull and Lizette Salas, proved that they can handle the pressure despite their young age. While veterans such as Catriona Matthew and Suzann Pettersen continue to perform as expected.

    Caroline Hedwall did not disappoint. As a captain's pick, she was by far the best player of the competition.

    Year by year, the Solheim Cup brings excitement and draws attention to women's golf.