Over The Weekend
Sunday was truly a day of celebration for the European team as they claimed an unlikely Solheim Cup victory for the first time since 2003 with a powerful 15-13 finish against the United States. The United States had been within touching distance of retaining the trophy but thanks to a dramatic last minute surge, the European women claimed victory.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen turned the momentum Europe’s way when she recovered from 1 down with birdies on the last three holes to beat Michelle Wie by one hole. Pettersen’s win left Europe only needing one point from the last two singles to win the trophy.
Spain’s Azahara Munoz having birdied the 17th in the final singles to go 1 up on Angela Stanford was a move into an unbeatable position, therefore guaranteeing Europe’s victory and ending a run of three successive defeats for the team.
Play was suspended three times due to weather conditions but the two teams provided exciting matches for the 28,000 spectators crowding Killeen Castle in Ireland. Entering the singles matches on Sunday, the two sides were tied, 8-8.
Shortly after, the European team raced ahead, 11-8 when Catriona Matthew defeated Paula Creamer, 6-5, and Sophie Gustafason beat Stacy Lewis 2 up. The rest is, well, history for the European team.
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