August 19, 2013 in Sports

Europe retains Solheim in U.S.

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Europe’s Caroline Hedwall clinches Solheim Cup with a birdie putt on hole No. 18.
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Europe showed Sunday it can win the Solheim Cup anywhere.

Caroline Hedwall became the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five of her matches, holing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory that assured the Europeans retaining the cup in Parker, Colo. Moments later, Catriona Matthew finished off a rally to halve her match against Gerina Piller. That gave Europe 14 1/2 points for its first win on American soil since this event began in 1990.

And it wasn’t even close.

Charley Hull, the youngest player in Solheim Cup history at 17, capped off her amazing week by demolishing Paula Creamer in a match that set the tone for Europe. Carlota Ciganda of Spain handed Morgan Pressel her first lost in singles in four appearances to go 3-0 for the week.

Europe still trails 8-5 in the competition, but this was its first back-to-back win.

PGA Tour

Patrick Reed won the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., for his first PGA Tour title, beating Jordan Spieth with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Reed earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points for winning the final tournament before the playoffs.

Reed and Spieth finished regulation at 14-under 266. Reed closed with a 4-under 66, and Spieth had a 65.

Champions Tour

Bart Bryant won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., becoming the 1,000th tournament champion on the Champions Tour.

Bryant, who shot a tournament record-tying 10-under 62 in the second round, completed his first victory on the senior tour with a closing 72 and finished at 16-under 200 to beat Russ Cochran and Corey Pavin by one shot.

Cochran closed with a 67, and Pavin shot 69.

U.S. Amateur

Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur in Brookline, Mass., beating Oliver Goss 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final to become the first English champion of the tournament since 1911.

Fitzpatrick won when Goss missed a par putt on No. 15 at The Country Club.

With the victory, Fitzpatrick earns an exemption for the U.S. Open and British Open and a likely invitation to the Masters. Fitzpatrick was the low amateur at the British Open.

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