Europe won an extraordinary Solheim Cup thanks to the ice-cold nerve of Suzann Pettersen at Gleneagles, with the tournament going all the way down tot he last hole.
The Europeans went into the final day’s singles match-ups level on points with US, but with a far inferior singles history in the tournament and needing half a point more than the Americans to win the trophy.
And, after a thrilling final day, it was Norwegian Pettersen who delivered the winning putt to give Europe a slender 14.5-13.5 win and deny the US a third successive victory.
“Just unbelievable,” said European captain Catriona Matthew. “There’s never been a better moment.”
The US needed just one point from any of the last three matches but Europe somehow resisted.
Anna Nordqvist and Bronte Law brought home wins, taking it to the final match, and Petteresen didn’t disappoint by sinking a birdie at the death to beat Marina Alex by one hole and win a first Solheim Cup for Europe since 2013.
“For it to come down to the last game … the Americans played great as well, but for Suzann to get the winning putt is phenomenal.
“Half-an-hour ago it looked like a draw would be a good result, but those last three games were crucial. Just fantastic.
“I had faith in Pettersen all the time. This is the best moment, nothing tops this. There’s gonna be a party”
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