Ryder stars hail Solheim win
A host of Europe's Ryder Cup players were quick to congratulate their female counterparts after they successfully defended the Solheim Cup.
Europe's 18-10 win over the United States was the first time they had claimed victory away from home and also the first time they had successfully defended the title.
British 17-year-old Charley Hull claimed a dramatic win over the vastly experienced Paula Creamer in the singles, while Swede Caroline Hedwall became the first player in tournament history to win all five of her matches.
Europe's men claimed the Ryder Cup at Medinah last year in a dramatic 14.5-13.5 comeback win and talisman Ian Poulter was among those to heap praise on the women's team.
"Congrats to the Solheim Cup European team on there impressive victory. Great job girls," he posted on Twitter.
Former world number one Luke Donald also added his congratulations, Tweeting: "Congrats to @SolheimCupEuro for retaining the Solheim Cup #OleOleOleOle."
Colin Montgomerie captained the men to victory at Celtic Manor in 2010 and he too took to the social media site to hail Liselotte Neumann's side.
"Congratulations @LETgolf @SolheimCupEuro Fantastic win. Well played all of you," he Tweeted.
US Open champion Justin Rose focused on Hull and Hedwall as he Tweeted: "Congrats Ladies! Fantastic @SolheimCup win! Charley Hull take a (bow) curtesy! Caroline Hedwall record 5-0 Nice!!"
Lee Westwood also singled out Hedwall, whose putt on 18 secured the point which ensured the Cup would be retained, Tweeting: "Congratulations to the European Ladies Solheim cup team. Well done Caroline Hedwall. 5-0!"
Melissa Reid was a member of the victorious European team in 2011 and, despite the win this time upsetting the odds, the Derby-born 25-year-old insists she was always confident of victory.
"Going into the Solheim I thought we had such a strong team," she told BBC Radio Five Live. "I had a feeling that we were going to win. I didn't realise we were going to win by quite a margin.
"(I am) Just absolutely so proud of the girls. So excited for them."
Captain's pick Hull has drawn many plaudits for her mature performance in Colorado and Reid believes she has a big future ahead of her.
"She's something very special, she's definitely going to be very successful in the future. She already is," she said.
"It was very impressive for her. There was a lot of talk about her being 17 but she stepped up to the plate, the girl did good. She can be very proud of herself."
Laura Davies, who was a member of Alison Nicholas' winning Solheim Cup team in 2011 at Killeen Castle, praised this year's winners on their great 18-10 victory.
She told Sky Sports: "We couldn't do it [win] with the likes of Annika Sorenstam and Lotte Neumann, some of the great players over the years.
"We could never do it despite having really strong teams and they have come out here and done it on a really hard golf course and they have done it quite easily. I tried six times to win it over here, we couldn't do it.
"Europe have been in charge most of the week and Saturday afternoon's 4-0 that put us in a position where we really couldn't lose.
"It [Saturday] was probably the best day of European golf in the Solheim Cup. You can't beat that - a whitewash in the fourball and a decent morning to boot.
"You literally could not have predicted this one. I don't think anyone saw this coming.
"The way the Europeans played was fantastic. I think we have played better this week, we've putted better. The putt at the last has sealed a five-point lead - it seems incredible even saying it."
Davies also praised the younger members of the team and backed them to push through, adding: "We've got lots of youngsters coming through.
"We've got Charley Hull. Georgia Hall is coming through the amateur ranks and she'll be on one of the next two or three Solheim Cup teams.
"The youngsters are coming through and they are enjoying playing golf and enjoying the big stage.
"You have to do it that first time and these girls are the pioneers now.
"They have done it and all those that follow don't have the 'we've never won it in America' feeling saddled on their shoulders."
The 49-year-old, who has 84 professional wins worldwide, spoke of Europe's win in Ireland two years ago and was pleased with how the singles results played out again this time around.
She said: "We were done and dusted in Ireland, we'd given the US the chance and they had taken it.
"Then the last four players all won their matches and three of the four [Caroline Hedwall, Azahara Munoz, Suzann Pettersen] that did that played here having won us the Solheim Cup.
"We proved that we could do it in the singles and we proved it again today."