Solheim Cup: Charley Hull is a 'special girl' - Liselotte Neumann

Charley Hull

Captain Liselotte Neumann hailed Charley Hull as a "special girl" after she helped Europe win the Solheim Cup in America for the first time.

Hull, 17, set the tone with a 5&4 victory over Paula Creamer in the singles, having beaten the former US Open champion in Saturday's fourballs.

Neumann, 47, said: "She was on my junior team two years ago and she's just a special girl."

Europe beat the United States 18-10 to defend the title they won in 2011.

Kettering-based Hull only turned professional this summer and was one of six European players making their debuts in the matchplay tournament.

Neumann, from Sweden, added: "She has a special game and she brings a lot of energy to our team and she's just a terrific player.

"She plays in a fearless way and it was just awesome to have her on our team and I think we all love Charley."

Hull's youthfulness was summed up by her getting Creamer to sign her ball for a friend after the win.

She told BBC Sport: "My friend James is a big fan of hers, so I thought I may as well get her to autograph the ball.

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"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."

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, so impressive in the 2011 victory at Killeen Castle in Ireland, became the first player in the history of the trophy to win all five of her matches when she beat Michelle Wie with a birdie on the 18th to give Europe an unassailable 14-7 lead.

"This is definitely the biggest moment of my life, golf-wise, for sure," she said.

"It is just awesome. I was part of it at Killeen, but this beats it, by far."

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