Solheim Cup 2013 Standings: Shocking Results That Shaped Europe's Victory

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIAugust 19, 2013

PARKER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Fans of the European Team cheer during the final day singles matches of the 2013 Solheim Cup on August 18, 2013 at The Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Solheim Cup reached its final day of action with Team USA a dangerous distance behind Europe. With their backs against the wall, it was going to take a legendary performance to come back and win the event.

Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Europe fought off a late flurry of U.S. singles victories to take home the 2013 Solheim Cup.

A stunning ending, to say the least.

This marks Europe's second consecutive victory at the Solheim Cup, which is a break from the norm. Europe had never won back-to-back titles at the event, while Team USA owns two separate three-peats.

It's safe to say the tide has turned.

Some of the most respected golfers in the U.S. posted duds, while European stars were born at the event. At every turn, a new European player stepped up as an American fell short.

Here were the most shocking results of all.

Charley Hull defeats Paula Creamer, 5 and 4

Entering the final day of action, Solheim Cup veteran Paula Creamer was expected to take down Charley Hull and lead a comeback attempt. Instead of stepping up to defeat the 17-year-old, however, Creamer suffered the second consecutive singles loss of her Solheim Cup career after starting out 3-0-0.

This one wasn't even close.

Hull dominated Creamer, as the latter went down by one stroke on No. 6 and proceeded to fall down five holes by 14. Creamer failed to make up a single hole and proceeded to lose 5 and 4, thus setting a grim pace for the day.

Team USA never recovered.

In Creamer's defense, Hull played absolutely sensational golf, making shots at every turn and sinking putts with a veteran's prowess. Unfortunately for the U.S., this came at the expense of their most successful singles match player.

A disappointing ending to Creamer's Solheim Cup campaign.

Carlota Ciganda defeats Morgan Pressel, 4 and 2

Entering the 2013 Solheim Cup, Morgan Pressel was 7-2-2 overall and 3-0-0 in singles matches. Leaving the Solheim Cup, Pressel came up short, losing in a shockingly dominant fashion when Team USA needed him most.

Carlota Ciganda walked away with a win over Pressel with a score of 4 and 2.

Pressel fell down on No. 9, but remained within one stroke through the 12th hole of play. From there, Pressel collapsed and Ciganda dominated, took a four-hole lead through 16 and walked away with a victory.

A convincing victory.

The loss was not only one-sided, but Pressel had never before been defeated in a singles match at the Solheim Cup. This pushed Pressel into a deep hole, and the Americans were never able to recover.

A disappointing ending for Team USA, as two of their most revered players were defeated in dominant fashion.

Caroline Hedwall defeats Michelle Wie, 1-Up

Caroline Hedwall is a skilled golfer who went 2-1-1 during her debut at the Solheim Cup in 2011. In 2013, she continued to build upon that success, which may have some wondering why her victory over Michelle Wie was so surprising.

The truth is, this isn't about star power—it's about how the match ended.

Wie was in control of the match after winning the 15th hole, thus taking the lead of 1-up entering No. 16. That gave the Americans a rare edge, leaving some to believe that Wie would walk away with the victory.

Somehow, Hedwall came back to win.

Hedwall won the 16th hole to even things up, thus creating the potential for a halve. On the final hole, however, Hedwall shocked Parker, Colorado by playing a masterful hole and earning a 1-up victory over Wie.

The story of Team USA's tournament.


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