Even the 16th Solheim Cup made a memorable closing day in Gleneagles with Europe asserting a stunning 14.5-13.5 success over USA with all the final putt. Here’s an overview of the 12 games which resulted in that thrilling conclusion…
Kang hit a great approach to eight feet and, hers rolled into give an early boost to the Americans, after the 15-footer of Ciganda was brief of speed. However, the response of Ciganda was immediate, getting down and up in the back of the 2nd green to degree.
The Spaniard failed to orbit out of 10 feet to scramble a par in the tough fourth, and Ciganda edged when Kang par putt at the seventh powered through the break.
Ciganda holed a terrific putt to get a half at the eighth, but a hard drive drive to the knee-high rough at the ninth proved costly as she desired two stabs in getting her ball straight back to the fairway, out of where she’s fatted her fourth and allowed Kang to draw level in the turn.
Both struck stunning methods to gimme range in the 11th, however, Kang regained the lead with a birdie at the 13th and did well to scramble a par at 15 to remain together with three to play.
But, Ciganda followed a ideal drive with a great fairway-wood to the core of the green in the long 16th, preparing a two-putt birdie for the triumph, and she almost ensured half a stage minimal on 17 just for Kang to pull off an outstanding par save from the left bunker.
But following both hit good drives they bunkered from where Ciganda splashed out to six toes, Kang and their moments chunked her next to the green. And, when Kang finally found the green and missed by 12 feet for diploma, she reluctantly conceded defeat to give Europe the very first stage of the last day.
Hedwall had struggled for accuracy on Friday and didn’t feature whatsoever on Saturday, but the Swede with a storied Solheim Cup record devised a perfect drive down the very first, knocked her second to ten feet and nailed the putt to go up one.
Another birdie in the Swede doubled her direct, but she subsequently gifted a hole back at the second, although Korda returned the compliment on the next green.
Hedwall’s Friday struggles were a distant memory once she emptied another fantastic putt to move up three at the sixth and she maintained that lead at the turn before Korda stopped the rot with a wonderful 10-footer for birdie at the 10th.
The American left it three in a row using an eight-foot birdie putt on 11 which Hedwall couldn’t fit, and the battle was flat on 13 if the Swede could not follow Korda in for par.
And yet one hole after, Korda had the guide when she pinpointed a 12-footer for another birdie, along with the debutant went two-up with three to play when Hedwall’s three-footer for par grazed the edge.
But Hedwall dug a clutch putt to get a birdie at 16, and she pumped a fine tee shot to seven feet at the 17th simply to read break into the putt.
Hedwall then missed the green with her next to 18 as well as with her competitor on in 3, Hedwall’s must-make birdie putt from the run-off area rushed past the pin and forced her to concede defeat.
There was play when it appeared that Thompson suffered a recurrence of a back injury while on the range, prompting fears that she would be unable to complete her 38, before match three had teed off.
But she’d taken an early lead when Hall’s second to the very first came up short and the putt lipped out as Thompson got down to strike . Both birdied the moment when Thompson underwent treatment on her back after the 22, before alarm bells rang in the USA camp.
The world No 3 remained in Hall and control had to dig deep to save par from 10 feet in the fifth and Hall then spurned two makeable putts to claw back the deficit onto each of the following two greens.
But, Thompson three-putted that the 10th as Hall pulled out a sublime up-and-down to acquire the hole with a level, and a four at the 11th gave Hall a third consecutive win and the lead when Thompson’s putter again mis-fired.
A remarkable up-and-down from a tricky place from a vine from Thompson salvaged a par and a halved hole in 14, and she was again wayward at the 15th and lipped out for par to go two down with three to play.
Hall missed an opportunity to close it out at the long 16th, but she made no mistake in 17 since she discovered the edge of the green from the tee and lagged her mommy afterwards Thompson blocked her iron to the greenside trap and failed to pit away from the sand.
Boutier got off to a start after she needed three attempts and missed the green left first, and she could not fit Park’s birdie. The French rookie had a terrific chance to pull you back in the next, simply to lip out from six feet, but she refused to panic and pars in the fifth and they were enough to level the experience.
Both birdied the ninth, and the 10th appeared set to be clubbed at birdies after Park holed from within 10 feet, only for Boutier to misread her six-foot effort, however she atoned about the upcoming green to revive parity prior to obtaining the lead for the first time in the match after Park’s par putt at 13 horse-shoed outside.
Following halving the 14th in birdies, Boutier almost holed her second to 15 just for Park to hit her approach even closer, but both failed to convert until Boutier went dormie-two with a brilliant birdie at 16.
Both discovered sand from the tee at the short 17th, however, Boutier held her nerve to play with a sublime splash-out to gimme range, and Park’s bunker escape was better but not enough to expand the contest.
As she fell a pit behind munoz replicated the under-hit chip of Boutier in the couple of minutes before, and the birdie at the second of Yin captured off the American .
Things got worse to the Spaniard if she three-putted the fourth green to hand another hole away, and she rattled in a 30-footer for birdie on the seventh, then followed in from 20 feet to stay three ahead.
Yin subsequently went up four in the turn when Munoz couldn’t make birdie at the ninth, however the home player regrouped and birdied 10 and 11 to halve the deficit, along with the rejuvenated Munoz nailed a birdie putt from 20 feet to on 12 because of her third consecutive win.
However, her momentum postponed after she missed the target in short range in the next, although Munoz hit back with a winning birdie at the 14th before Yin managed to scramble a good par at 15 to stay one up.
Yin then revived her two-hole edge when she awakened from eight feet for a winning birdie at 16, and the game ended when Munoz failed to muster the birdie she had about the penultimate hole.
Khang looked anything-but a beginner early on as she won the first having a solid par, and 2 meaty blows to the long instant group up another triumph with Hull unable to get into rhythm. Where her undependable four-foot putt for birdie lipped out, the kid, playing in her fourth Solheim Cup at 23, squandered a few opportunities to respond and yet another in the seventh. Hull looked exasperated at the next when her five-footer played a 180 round the lip and stayed out, but she finally got one to drop since the ninth was halved in birdie-fours.
Hull stroke over the 10th led to a winning birdie as well as following pars in 11, both got at 12 and exchanged bogeys. As the match levelled before both birdied the driveable par-four 14th, khang erred in 13.
The house superstar moved to the lead for the first time in the game using a clutch birdie at the long 16th, also she had a good opportunity to shut it out in 17 to leave her one-up at the last.
However, Hull then made a wreck of the long 18th, duffing a pitch with her before her following raced over the green out of where she was not able to chip-in for level, downing Khang the pit and a halved match.
Van Dam got off to a flying start, cutting on a leash in near at the first before Salas didn’t save level anyway and, after they exchanged birdies in the moment, Van Dam went two up with another birdie at the minute, however, a short-range miss on another halved her benefit.
Van Dam stayed ahead at the turn when both birdied the ninth but, afterwards Salas holed for a three at the 10th, the Dutch newcomer dropped from eight feet.
A Salas birdie in 13 gave her lead for the first time in the game, and birdied 14 until Van Dam hauled himself back to level pegging when she tickles a certain four-footer to get a winning birdie at the long 16th.
However, Van Dam subsequently made a big mistake in 17th if she divides her tee-shot to an awkward lie close to the gloss of the greenside trap, and she caught her splash-out thin and was unable to match Salas’ solid par from the opposite side of the putting surface.
Van Dam appeared in good shape to birdie the final and grab a half while she drilled her second to within several metres of the green, however she got habituated together with her pitch and dropped from 10 feet until tearfully conceding defeat.
Masson, eager to atone for missing a wonderful chance to win her fourballs on Saturday evening, appreciated the perfect start having a winning birdie in the first, and she awakened that lead once Korda missed a putt for par at the fourth from only two feet off.
However, the German’s back-to-back bogeys in eight and seven permitted the American to par with a pair of pars, and Korda made it three consecutive wins with a birdie at the ninth to grab the lead at the halfway stage.
Masson’s level at 10 levelled the battle, however Korda went back ahead with a birdie at 12 before chipping in from the front fringe at the 13th to dual her lead, though Masson’s response was immediate and swift since she won the 14th with a good three.
However, her delight was short-lived as she dropped the 15th into Korda’s level, and the American wrapped up the stage with another nail putt for birdie at the 16th as Masson’s putt to expand the competition slipped wide.
Ewart Shadoff struck the first blow when Altomare bogeyed the first, but also the American debutant levelled instantly using a birdie at the second. Altomare edged forward in the fifth thanks to a beautiful second which was close enough to its Englishwoman to concede.
Altomare has impressed with her placing during this week, and she had been on purpose to double her direct at the eighth, along with also a shocking miss from inside two feet onto the ninth by Shadoff talented her rival a three-up lead in the turn.
Altomare went further ahead with a perfect 10-footer for birdie at the 10th, and a diploma at 12 gave her a fourth win in five pockets and lifted her to some commanding five-up lead.
Along with the 28-year-old capped a hugely impressive beginner performance together with her sixth birdie of the day in the 14th to finish a 5&5 thrashing of the out-of-sorts Shadoff.
What would end up being the match that determined the Solheim Cup began low key, using all the first four holes shared before Pettersen went forward with a breaking 25-footer for birdie at the fifth, and the other dropped on another to take the Allied stalwart up two.
Alex dropped her second birdie of the day at the eighth to pull back one and both made great fours at the long ninth before Pettersen went two-up once more with a birdie at the 11th.
Alex pulled one back when Pettersen bogeyed the 13th, and the match was all-square one hole later when Alex birdied. A stunning pitch from Pettersen spanned a half in the long 16th after Alex had stiffed her and both missed long-range birdie opportunities on the penultimate green.
The strain has been relegated into the limit heading up the past with all eyes on the last match to complete, and also Pettersen atoned for a bad drive with a stunning third which almost spun back into the pit before coming to break six feet in the flag.
Alex’s next was arrow-straight however 12 feet long, and also her tricky, downhill putt for birdie overlooked on the right to leave Pettersen staring in a six-footer to win back the trophy for Europe.
Along with also the 38-year-old held her guts to bury the putt in the center of this cup to prompt outrageous parties from European players and fans amid emotional scenes across the 18th green.
Law’s opening par earned her a triumph in the first, and McDonald birdied the third to level simply to bogey the next, though a great approach to the fifth set up yet another winning birdie for your American.
They traded birdie-twos in the sixth before Law’s three in the next regained her the lead, just for McDonald to strike back at the eighth and some of birdies in the very long time left them flat heading to the back nine.
Legislation then dropped behind with a bad miss in three feet in 10, and the two were unable to save par in the 12th before Legislation levelled what has become an increasingly vital game with a birdie at 14.
The English newcomer then got out with a mistake in 15 if she had two tries to escape a greenside trap, getting up-and-down for bogey following McDonald’s 10-foot par putt shaved the edge of the cup.
Clearly pumped with adrenaline, and Law pinpointed a 20-foot putt for a winning birdie at the 16th after a bit heavy-handed with her pitch from just short of the green, and she had been celebrating success when McDonald bogeyed 17 before all eyes turn to the large screen to see the conclusion of the Pettersen build-up ahead.
Nordqvist gained the initial advantage if she birdied the ninth before a diploma at the tough, par-three fourth had been enough to go two up when Pressel missed the green from the tee.
Pressel got into further trouble at the failed to pit a six-footer for level to gift the Swede a three-up lead, but it was Nordqvist’s turn to suffer on the greens on the following as she opened the door using a lip-out from four toes.
Both missed out on birdies at the long ninth, and Norqvist revived her three-up lead when Pressel bogeyed the 10th before the home celebrity added another birdie at 11 to cruise to a four-up lead.
After the pair traded pars during the next two holes, and then birdies at the 14th, Nordqvist closed out a one-sided victory with a cast-iron level at the second.