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Team USA defeated by Europe in Solheim Cup

Team USA were unable to reclaim the Solheim Cup with a disappointing 10-18 loss in Colorado, as the continental side dominated the singles match-ups on the concluding day three of the biennial contest.

The toast of the tournament was 17-year-old English star Charley Hull who defeated Paula Creamer 5&4 and continued her seemingly irrepressible rise to stardom.

Hull said: "I gave myself high hopes and I just wanted to prove people wrong. I'm 17 and people were wondering if I could perform under the pressure but I go out and enjoy it, which takes care of the pressure.

"Before the match I just thought 'bring it' because I beat her on Saturday and I'd try to do it again."

Meanwhile team-mate Caroline Hedwall was busy making a different kind of history. Not only did the Swede's victory over Michelle Wie giving Europe the point they needed to successfully defend the trophy, but it also meant that Hedwall became the first player in the history of the trophy to win all five of her matches.

European captain Liselotte Neumann was ecstatic with the result and performance of her side that contained six rookies in the ranks.

 "It was really fun to see Caroline get her fifth point this week, making some history on the team," Neumann said. "Winning here for the first time, making more history. ... I'm sure we'll go have a drink or two and do some dancing and singing tonight."

U.S. captain Meg Mallon was typically gracious in defeat, and suggested that her sides poor performance was due to their inability to cope with the slick greens and ineffectiveness over the final three holes.

"The way we played 16, 17 and 18 I think is what really made the difference," Mallon said. "It wasn't for lack of preparation because we played this golf course quite a bit. So it wasn't like a surprise for us. It was just a matter of who dropped the putts on those holes. And unfortunately, it was the Europeans."

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