Europe deserved their thrilling Solheim Cup triumph, according to US captain Juli Inkster, who afterwards confirmed it would be her last as captain.
Inkster became fr first woman to captain three American Solheim Cup teas this year after winning the previous two.
However, she was unable to make it a perfect sweep as Europe claimed a remarkable win at the death – although she was typically classy in defeat.
“You know what, I told them afterwards, the sun’s going to come up tomorrow,” Inkster said when asked what was said in the US team after the defeat.
“It was great for women’s golf. We played great. I mean, yesterday was just a brutal day of golf.
“And today the sun came out and we saw a lot of great golf.
“You know what, the Europeans played great. You tip your hat. And you move on
“I’m really happy where I’m at,” she said. “I’ve had the honor to do this three times. And it’s been an honor.
“And I’m 2-1. We’re 2-1. I thought that’s been good. I’d be making a lot if I was a baseball player.
“It’s not really about the wins and losses. It’s about the memories and the camaraderie.
“It’s about making those friendships and making those memories, and to be a part of a team.
“That’s why I do it. That’s why I love to do it.”
The Northern Irishman needs to win to reclaim the world number one spot from Jon Rahm.
The 56-year-old, who is already the oldest winner on Tour, shot a 64 to claim a share of second place.
Rory McIlroy is excited about the jam-packed schedule that lies ahead.
The American is now sixth in the world rankings.
The world number 89 blamed a new putter as he laboured to a closing round of 77 at the British Masters.
Rahm replaced Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings following his victory in the Memorial Tournament.
Seven years of hard work paid off in spectacular fashion for Michael Thompson at the 3M Open on Sunday.
Thompson carded birdies at the 16th and the last to secure his second PGA Tour win of his career.
Tom Lewis, the only Briton to make the cut, will start the final round eight shots off the lead.
The 23-year-old won a second European Tour title.