PERHSHIRE – Suzann Pettersen’s clutch putt on No. 18 clinched a 14.5-13.5 victory over the United States on the final day of the Solheim Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
The Americans entered the day tied with their European counterparts and led 13.5 to 12.5 with two matches still in play, needing just a half point to win their third straight Solheim Cup.
But Bronte Law beat Ally McDonald 2 and 1 just moments before Pettersen’s putt gave her a 1-up victory over Marina Alex and completed the victory.
“It’s all just a big blur,” said Pettersen, who was a captain’s pick. “It was a good putt. I was trying to make some kind of birdie. It’s tough mentally. In your wildest dream, I never thought I’d do this again. But you’ve got to grab the moment and trust that you are good enough.”
Pettersen’s heroics delighted Europe captain Catriona Matthew.
“Just unbelievable!” said Matthew.
“There’s never been a better moment! 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.”
Sunday marked the first time the event had been tied heading into singles since 2011. The Europeans went on to victory that year with a 15-to-13 win.
An emotional Law credited crowd support in helping her and the team rally.
“The support has been phenomenal; this is nothing I’ve ever experienced in my whole life. They are honestly the 13th member of the team. They’ve been screaming all day and it makes a massive difference,” Law said through tears.
“They just go up and down,” Matthew said of her emotions watching the final matches. “And I have sympathy for my parents, who watched me all these years. Because you think ‘great,’ one moment, and two seconds later you’re like, ‘oh, no.’ To come down to the last match, it’s quite the spectacle for women’s golf. Obviously the Americans played great, and we just edged them out this time.
“This is without a doubt the highlight of my career. To win it in Scotland and in the fashion that we did, coming down to the last putt, you couldn’t have scripted it any better.”
American captain Juli Inkster told the Golf Channel moments after Pettersen sank her putt in the decisive match that it was an “amazing finish.”
“Suzanne played great, Marina played great. It’s just a great match, and it came down to a half a point. So, good on them,” Inkster said.
Inkster added that she won’t captain a fourth Solheim Cup team.
She also praised the team’s six rookies, who each scored at least a point.
“They played great golf. (Europe) just played a half a point better,” Inkster said. “It’s great for women’s golf, and I’m really proud of my team. Really proud to be able to represent the USA.”
ALL-TIME SOLHEIM CUP RESULTS
2019: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5
2017: USA 16.5, Europe 11.5
2015: USA 14.5, Europe 13.5
2013: Europe 18, USA 10
2011: Europe 15, USA 13
2009: USA 16, Europe 12
2007: USA 16, Europe 12
2005: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5
2003: Europe 17.5, USA 10.5
2002: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5
2000: Europe 14.5, USA 11.5
1998: USA 16, Europe 12
1996: USA 17, Europe 11
1994: USA 13, Europe 7
1992: Europe 11.5, USA 6.5
1990: USA 11.5, Europe 4.5
–Field Level Media