Solheim Cup: Captain Liselotte Neumann was 'so proud' of her record-breaking side
Last Updated: 19/08/13 10:29am
Caroline Hedwall (left) and Liselotte Neumann pose with the Cup
European captain Liselotte Neumann was ecstatic after her side secured the most emphatic victory in the history of the Solheim Cup.
The Europeans had never previously triumphed on American soil but they won Sunday's singles 7.5-4.5 in Colorado to complete an 18-10 rout.
And Neumann had particular praise for Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, who became the first golfer to manage a perfect five points out of five in the Solheim Cup, and English youngster Charley Hull, who thrashed American star Paula Creamer 5&4 in her singles match.
"I am so proud of my team," said Neumann. "Caroline really stepped up to the plate, winning five, which has never been done.
"And Charley is amazing. Being a 17-year old and handling all this pressure.
"It's a fantastic feeling and it was teamwork this week. Everyone has done something great, including Annika and Carin (vice-captains Sorenstam and Koch).
"It's a fantastic feeling and it was teamwork this week. Everyone has done something great."
"Everybody's been fantastic."
Hedwall: I was pumped up
Hedwall capped her amazing week by rolling in a four-foot putt at the last to beat Michelle Wie one-up and ensure Europe had the 14 points required to retain the Cup.
"It's just an unbelievable feeling and it's so great," said Hedwall. "I was a little mentally tired, but at the same time I was pumped up. I just managed to pull it off.
"This is what you practise for, to be part of this moment. It's unbelievable."
And Hull, who is the youngest player in Solheim Cup history, was vey nonchalant about her victory over former US Women's Open winner Creamer.
"I didn't feel nervous," said Hull. "I am not going to die if I hit a bad shot. So I just hit it, find it, and hit it again."
United States captain Meg Mallon said: "We really got our butts kicked this week.
"Hats off to the Europeans, they showed no fear. They made so many putts and played so great."
It was a second straight loss in the event for the Americans but the last match had been a really close contest.
"This one is completely different," said British Open champion and World No. 2 Stacy Lewis. "We just got outplayed."