Europe thrashes America to claim Solheim Cup

Europe's team captain Alison Nicholas (C) points to a photograph of Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros as the team celebrates on the 18th green after Europe defeated the U.S to win the Solheim Cup following the singles matches on the final day at Killeen Castle in Dunsany near Dublin, on September 25, 2011 (AFP Photo)
Europe’s women golfers have regained the Solheim Cup, beating the United States 15-3.

It was all decided on a dramatic final day of singles matches, where Catherine Hedwall of the Netherlands gained a decisive half-point against Ryan O'Toole.

That effectively secured victory, with Azahara Munoz already guaranteed a half against Angela Stanford.

Consequently, Europe claimed the trophy for the first time in eight years.

Meanwhile, American golfer Bill Haas has won the Fedex title after beating Hunter Mahan in a play-off at the tour championship in Atlanta. He walked away with just under $11.5 million.

Haas was tied with fellow American Mahan at the end of the final round so it went to a play-off, where Haas rode his luck. He had to chip out his ball from the water to within a couple of feet of the pin. An incredible shot kept him in the match, which went to a third extra hole, where Mahan found the bunker and sent that putt past the hole.

That left Haas needing to sink his for victory – a putt worth just over $11 million for winning the weekend's tour championship event.

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