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Solheim Cup: America Shifts Power Overseas with Loss to Europe

DUNSHAUGHLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Anna Nordqvist of Europe celebrates her team's 15-13 victory with the trophy following the singles matches on day three of the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle Golf Club on September 25, 2011 in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2011

Europe managed to bring home the Solheim Cup after a 15-13 victory, snapping an eight-year drought and shifting the power in women's golf back to Europe.

In a battle as close as this year's it's impossible to say that this win is going to start a streak of some kind for the Europeans. Even so, ending the drought gives the Europeans confidence and hope for the future.

Even more encouraging is that they were able to attain victory on the shoulders of Caroline Hedwall. After turning pro just a few short months ago, Hedwall came out and made a huge statement by showing up big in a clutch situation.

This is just the sort of break Europe needed. They snap the streak the Americans had going and even out the playing field. If this year's performance is any indication of things to come, we are in for more of a back and forth nature of this tournament.

This year's Solheim Cup came down to the wire and points to great things to come in the future. America has dominated the series, but Europe stood strong this time around and will look to string together back-to-back victories for the first time ever.

Just before the United States started their streak, Europe won in 2000 and 2003. Making their presence felt as they have is a huge step in the right direction.

While their victory may have come at a narrow margin, it sends a message. Europe isn't going to roll over and accept defeat. We can expect more heated battles in the near future as the shoe is now on the other foot.

America will be anxious to prove themselves and Europe will be looking to repeat. For the time being, Europe has bragging rights as the power in women's golf has shifted overseas.

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