Azahara Muñoz

How Nicholas made Pettersen a Solheim Cup rock

Alison Nicholas raises the Solheim Cup in triumph. Picture, Jenny Matthews www.golffile.ieTough talk from skipper Alison Nicholas helped Suzann Pettersen become Europe’s inspirational match-winner and undisputed leader in September’s Solheim Cup victory at Killeen Castle.

Europe's late surge wins Solheim Cup

Europe celebrates its Solheim Cup victory. Jenny Matthews www.golffile.ieSuper rookies Caroline Hedwall and Azahara Muñoz built on a brilliant comeback by Suzann Pettersen to snatch the Solheim Cup for Europe.

Europe extends Solheim Cup lead

Azahara Muñoz holes out ont he 18th to give Europe a crucial half in the final foursomes. Picture by Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieSpanish rookie Azahara Muñoz holed a crucial par putt on the 18th to help Europe extend its lead over the over the United States to 7-5 in the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle today.

Americans Cristie Kerr and Paul Creamer went one up on Muñoz and Scot Catriona Matthew in the final match of the morning foursomes when Kerr birdied the 17th from six feet.

But the American bunkered her approach to the last and couldn’t save par from 12 feet, allowing the Europeans to halve the match with a winning par four and double the home side’s overnight lead to two points.