2013 Solheim Cup: Perfect Hedwall Leads Dominant Europe

Caroline Hedwall celebrates the winning putt in her singles victory at the 2013 Solheim Cup
Caroline Hedwall led Europe to victory at the 2013 Solheim Cup, becoming the first golfer in the competition's history to go 5-0-0. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Europe 18, USA 10

Europe scored not only its biggest win in the Solheim Cup to date at the 2013 tournament, but the biggest win by either side in the history of the event to this point, with an 8-point margin of victory. It was Europe's fifth win, making the series record USA 8 wins, Europe 5 wins.

There were two important firsts for Europe at the 2013 Solheim Cup: This was Europe's first Solheim win in the United States; and it was the first time Europe won back-to-back Solheims (Europe won the 2011 Solheim Cup by a score of 15-13).

Leading the way for Europe was Caroline Hedwall, who became the first player in tournament history to earn the maximum five points for her side. Hedwall's 5-0-0 record included a singles victory over Michelle Wie via birdie on the 18th hole. That point was Europe's 14th of the match, guaranteeing they would keep the Cup.

Hedwall was a captain's pick by Liselotte Neumann, who also chose 17-year-old Charley Hull, the youngest-ever Solheim Cup golfer, who had been a pro for only several months going into the event. Hull went 2-1-0, beating Paula Creamer in singles by a 5-and-4 score.

Europe took a 3-1 lead in the opening foursomes session, and led by one point heading into the Day 2 fourball session. But Europe swept those four matches, taking a 5-point lead into singles.

While Team USA had traditionally dominated singles at the Solheim Cup, it didn't this time. Europe won that session, too, 7.5 to 4.5, to produce the final 8-point margin of victory.

Brittany Lang (3-1-0) and Wie (2-2-0) were the only golfers to win more than one match for the American side.

2013 Solheim Cup Data

Final Score: Europe 18, USA 10
Site: Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colorado
Captains: USA - Meg Mallon; Europe - Liselotte Neumann

Team Rosters

  • Europe: Suzann Petterson, Carlota Ciganda, Catriona Matthew, Caroline Masson, Beatriz Recari, Anna Nordqvist, Karine Icher, Azahara Munoz, c-Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, c-Caroline Hedwall, c-Giulia Sergas, c-Charley Hull (c-captain's pick)
  • USA: Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lang, Lizette Salas, Morgan Pressel, c-Michelle Wie, c-Gerina Piller (c-captain's pick)

Day 1 Results

(Friday, Aug. 16, 2013)

Morning Foursomes

  • Anna Nordqvist/Caroline Hedwall, Europe, def. Stacy Lewis/Lizette Salas, USA, 4 and 2
  • Suzann Pettersen/Beatriz Recari, Europe, def. Brittany Lang/Angela Stanford, USA, 2 and 1
  • Morgan Pressel/Jessica Korda, USA, def. Catriona Matthew/Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Azahara Munoz/Karine Icher, Europe, def. Cristie Kerr/Paula Creamer, USA, 2 and 1

Afternoon Fourballs

  • Suzann Pettersen/Carlota Ciganda, Europe, def. Stacy Lewis/Lexi Thompson, USA, 1-up
  • Caroline Hedwall/Caroline Masson, Europe, def. Angela Stanford/Gerina Piller, USA, 2 and 1
  • Brittany Lincicome/Brittany Lang, USA, def. Anna Nordqvist/Giulia Sergas, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Cristie Kerr/Michelle Wie, USA, def. Catriona Matthew/Charley Hull, Europe, 2 and 1

Day 2 Results

(Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013)

Morning Foursomes

  • Anna Nordqvist/Caroline Hedwall, Europe, def. Morgan Pressel/Jessica Korda, USA, 2 and 1
  • Stacy Lewis/Paula Creamer, USA, def. Azahara Munoz/Karine Icher, Europe, 1-up
  • Catriona Matthew/Caroline Masson, Europe, halved with Brittany Lincicome/Lizette Salas, USA
  • Michelle Wie/Brittany Lang, USA, def. Suzann Pettersen/Beatriz Recari, Europe, 2 and 1

Afternoon Fourballs

  • Jodi Ewart-Shadoff/Charley Hull, Europe, def. Paula Creamer/Lexi Thompson, USA, 2-up
  • Azahara Munoz/Carlota Ciganda, Europe, def. Gerina Piller/Angela Stanford, USA, 1-up
  • Caroline Hedwall/Caroline Masson, Europe, def. Michelle Wie/Jessica Korda, USA, 2 and 1
  • Beatriz Recari/Karine Icher, Europe, def. Cristie Kerr/Morgan Pressel, USA, 2-up

Day 3 Results

(Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013)


  • Anna Nordqvist, Europe, halved with Stacy Lewis, USA
  • Charley Hull, Europe, def. Paula Creamer, USA, 5 and 4
  • Brittany Lang, USA, def. Azahara Munoz, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Carlota Ciganda, Europe, def. Morgan Pressel, USA, 4 and 2
  • Caroline Hedwall, Europe, def. Michelle Wie, USA, 1-up
  • Catriona Matthew, Europe, halved with. Gerina Piller, USA
  • Suzann Pettersen, Europe, halved with Lizette Salas, USA
  • Giulia Sergas, Europe, halved with Jessica Korda, USA
  • Lexi Thompson, USA, def. Caroline Masson, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Europe, def. Brittany Lincicome, USA, 3 and 2
  • Beatriz Recari, Europe, def. Angela Stanford, USA, 2 and 1
  • Karine Icher, Europe, halved with Cristie Kerr, USA

Player Records


Suzann Petterson, 2-1-1
Carlota Ciganda, 3-0-0
Catriona Matthew, 0-2-2
Caroline Masson, 2-1-1
Beatriz Recari, 3-1-0
Anna Nordqvist, 2-1-1
Karine Icher, 2-1-1
Azahara Munoz, 2-2-0
Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, 2-1-0
Caroline Hedwall, 5-0-0
Giulia Sergas, 0-1-1
Charley Hull, 2-1-0

Stacy Lewis, 1-2-1
Paula Creamer, 1-3-0
Cristie Kerr, 1-2-1
Angela Stanford, 0-4-0
Brittany Lincicome, 1-1-1
Lexi Thompson, 1-2-0
Jessica Korda, 1-2-1
Brittany Lang, 3-1-0
Lizette Salas, 0-1-2
Morgan Pressel, 1-3-0
Michelle Wie, 2-2-0
Gerina Piller, 0-2-1