Hull stars as Europe make Solheim Cup history

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull in action during her singles win as she helped Europe win the Solheim Cup
Burton Latimer's Charley Hull in action during her singles win as she helped Europe win the Solheim Cup

Burton Latimer’s Charley Hull set Europe on their way to a historic Solheim Cup success as they won for the first time on American soil.

The 17-year-old, who has burst onto the professional scene this year and was a captain’s pick for the competition, scored the first of the four points Europe required in the final-day singles.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew made history as she secured the half Europe needed to win it as they went on to secure an emphatic 18-10 victory in Colorado.

Lotte Neumann’s young and unfancied team began the singles needing just four points for victory and they only thing which threatened to stop them on another day of European dominance was the weather, which saw play suspended for an hour with the visitors on the brink.

When play resumed, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall sank a birdie putt on the 18th to secure a one-up victory against the United States’ Michelle Wie which put Europe 14-7 ahead, ensuring they kept the trophy they won in Ireland in 2011.

And moments later Matthew claimed a half in her match against Gerina Piller to ensure they won the cup outright.

Hull lost the second hole to Paula Creamer, but the Northamptonshire star hit back to lead by three at the turn after a sparkling display.

A clearly rattled Creamer missed a short putt at the 11th to fall four behind and that became five with six to play, though the American holed out of a bunker at the 13th to prolong the match.

Hull, though, also birdied the hole to go dormie five and when Creamer missed a long putt at the next, Hull had a 5&4 win to record the first of the four points needed.

Hull said: “It’s amazing, especially in America, the first time ever.

“It’s been fantastic, so many nice people on the team. They’re not as scary as they look on TV.

“It’s awesome. I’m loving life.

“It was good, I played good today. I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I wasn’t really thinking what she was doing so much, I was just playing my own game.

“That (13th) hole was great, she hit it in the bunker, I hit it within three feet and she got the bunker shot. That’s a great memory I’ll always have.”