Europe snatch victory from USA at dramatic Solheim Cup

Another thrilling Solheim Cup was played out overnight with the European team pipping the Americans on the final hole.

We shouldn’t be surprised when drama unfolds when European team of golfers face one from the US. But yet again incredible scenes were played out as Europe somehow clawed their way back to win a dramatic 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.

In an event plagued by slow play, both teams were tied going into the Sunday singles matches with the US team needing just a tie to retain the trophy.

For most of Sunday, the scoreboard showed both teams locked together with the Korda sisters completing their perfect record with singles matches victories for the American team, and Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier closing out close matches for European points.

The Americans took a two point lead late in the day courtesy victories to Brittany Altomare, Jessica Korda and Lizette Salas and momentum looked to have swung across the pond.

With the Europeans needing to win all three of the remaining through matches it looked like the Americans were going to retain the Solheim Cup, but Bronte Law, Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen had other ideas.

Nordqvist was the first to grab a point for Europe with a dominant 4&3 victory over Morgan Pressel.

Bronte Law won the last three of four holes to secure a remarkable 2&1 victory on the 17th green just as Suzann Pettersen and Marina Alex were deulling it out on the 18th.

As both players played sensational drives and approaches to the 18th green, the other results now meant a half to the Americans would see them retain the trophy.

When Alex saw her birdie attempt slide past the hole on the final hole, veteran Suzann Pettersen, who was a captain’s pick and having played very little golf, nailed her putt to walk into retirement on a high and claim the Solheim Cup trophy for the Europeans.

The highlights package is a little strange with an odd voiceover beginning with”Gleneagle ready to go” and losing a lot of the atmosphere but you’ll get the picture of the drama that unfolded.

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