Catriona Matthew insisted that higher was rated by contributing Europe than her Women’s British Open victory in her career.
Team USA appeared to retain the trophy but Bronte Law came from behind to beat on Ally McDonald about the 17th
Pettersen resisted the strain to pinpoint the winning putt from six feet before declaring that would function as”closing chapter” in her professional career, and Matthew insisted she’d never had any doubts that the Norwegian would justify her inclusion.
“I had faith in her time,” said Matthew, who stood by her claim earlier this week a Solheim Cup win could be larger than her major breakthrough in Royal Lytham 10 years ago. “This is actually the most appropriate for me without doubt. Together with the team , nothing tops this to be fair.
“It’s unbelievable, there’s never been a better moment. It was always likely to come down to some putt here or there and also for Suzann to get it, that’s phenomenal. It was a second and a fantasy come true.
“All 12 of these players, they all played their hearts out. We knew it was going to be shut, but to come down to this last putt and also for Suzann to hole it? It was a wonderful team performance. All of them contributed a lot if it was not for all people and we never would have won it.
“I think this is among the biggest women sporting events on the planet. The Women’s World Cup is huge, but this – like the Ryder Cup – has increased hugely over the last 30 years since it first started. It is such a spectacle of women’s golfclubs. And for it to return to this last match, that last putt, you simply can not get anything more exciting”
Asked to describe her feelings since Pettersen was lining her up match-clinching birdie putt, Matthew added:”I can barely see, actually. It’s much worse viewing. You are sort of in the moment and at the zone, when you’re playing, and you’ve got control over things.
“But when you’re seeing, you only have to religion from the player that’s out there, and they’re all great players. And I had confidence they went to perform it. But it comes down to that last putt?
“It’s just been a wonderful week. We’ve had great performances. Everyone remembers the putt but we needed to get there. So, well done everybody.”
Matthew also paid tribute to Pettersen once she announced her retirementadding:”Over the last 15 or 20 years, Suzann has been among the trailblazers in Western women’s golf. I believe we’ve played seven, eight Solheim Cups together. She’s just been a enormous portion of the Solheim Cup and women’s golf.
“It’s such a special moment for her. If this occurs to be her final minute in professional golf, may also go out in the very best”