Solheim Cup. Europe in Control August 18 2013

The 2013 Solheim Cup A stunning afternoon in Colorado as Europe enjoyed a 4-0 clean sweep of the fourballs and surged into a 10 ½ - 5 ½ lead over the USA. The Europe Girls look happy / Getty A piece of golfing history beckons as Liselotte Neumann’s team just need 3 ½ points to retain the Solheim Cup and four points to become the first European side to win on US soil, with the 12 singles matches to go. There were a lot of good stories out on the course today for the Europeans; Charley Hull’s birdie at the 17th that helped her partner Jodi Ewart-Shadoff to a two hole win over Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson. Charley was ecstatic; “It was a really good match and the 17th was amazing, I’ve never had a hole in one and thought it was going in.” Caroline Hedwall has played in every session and won all four matches. Another win in the singles and she will become the first player to win five out of five. Caroline said it is always fun to win; “This is such a great week and I’ve enjoyed playing in every match and it’s always fun to win." Carlota Ciganda holed a ten foot birdie putt to put another blue point on the board. She also loves winning; " I love winning and I love beating the Americans. It was definitely a tough day but we won the point and that’s the most important thing.” Azahara Munoz played a huge role in the win and summed up the attitude the players need to take into the singles; " Everybody needs to win their point, if we get it done then it will be really good.”  Karine Icher and Beatriz Recari finished as the sun was setting and it was a picturesque finale to a truly fantastic day. Karine stating how important is was to win; “It was very important to win, that one point could make all the difference tomorrow. It is such a tough last hole but it was a great putt.” Captain Liselotte Neumann summed it up; “It’s a wonderful feeling, the girls played their hearts out. It’s awesome and I’m so proud of them all. I could never imagine it would look like this going into the singles. But I think we did a pretty gutsy thing this afternoon.” As USA Captain Meg Mallon gave credit to the Europeans, she also warned that the match is still alive; “They had a magical day but it was shocking for us to lose all four fourballs. But it can still be done. We just have to go out and win enough singles.”