Europe dashes U.S. Solheim hopes on 18th hole

Team Europe won the last three singles matches to seal a sensational 14½-13½ Solheim Cup victory over the United States at Gleneagles.

It was Europe’s first win since 2013 and sixth in the 16 matches that have been held since the competition, similar to the men’s Ryder Cup between Europe and USA, which began in 1990.

Team Europe - 2019 Solheim Cup winners Team Europe – 2019 Solheim Cup winners (Credit: LET)

The win is also Europe’s third home victory from three matches played in Scotland.

They led 4½-3½ after day one’s alternate shot foursomes and fourballs but the US won Saturday’s matches by the same margin to leave the Solheim Cup evenly poised at 8-8 going into Sunday’s 12 singles matches.

The trophy looked set to be heading back to the US after both Korda sisters won matches from behind. Nelly Korda was three down after nine holes but four birdies on the back nine saw her beat Caroline Hedwall two up.

USA won five and halved one of the first nine singles matches Sunday to lead 13½-11½ before Europe’s strong finish.

Yet the top order matches where swinging towards a Europe victory.

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist was four up against Morgan Pressel and she halved the 15th to draw Europe to within a point. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda then picked up another European point when she birdied the last to beat Danielle Kang.

The contest was then sitting precariously in the balance. Europe’s Bronte Law won her match on the 17th which turned the attention on Suzann Pettersen playing in the last match against Marina Alex.

The pair were evenly locked right up to the last hole where Petterson then holed a sensational eight-foot putt to win the trophy.

It sent the home crowd and European players wild on the 18th green as they ran onto the course and celebrated.

After the victory was sealed, Pettersen revealed she was retiring from professional sport, believing the time was right to bow out on such a high.