That was the ultimate in sporting play.
Let’s just begin with the headline grabber, Suzann Pettersen, that made the ultimate mic drop in golf. To hole the winning putt at a Solheim Cup was an event that, despite the majors and the wins on the LPGA Tour and elsewhere, has set her career.
Pettersen had already achieved a lot from the Solheim Cup. We have seen her come back from five down with five to play to snatch a half-point from Michele Redman, then there was the success together with Annika Sorenstam in her life.
The pep talk with Caroline Hedwall at Ireland and Azahara Munoz created drama to match Gleneagles, until the controversy in Germany over the putt which wasn’t given was that the standout moment of this 2015 competition. She had to pull out in Des Moines two decades back, just days prior to the beginning, but obtained her second this time around.
I predicted Pettersen’s pick by Catriona Matthew as”contentious” about the day it was declared, although I did add that if anybody could handle the pressure such a choice brings, it would be the Norwegian. But for a player who returned July following 20 month maternity leave, who just made one cut to get things she did? Nah, no one could have predicted that!
When you haven’t listened to this Sky Sports podcast from last week in the build up to the Solheim, it might be well worth going back to hear Suzann’s interview to get an understanding why she is quitting pro golf. There’s a little where she talks about how leave was and during her career, she would often wake up at the middle of the night with swing ideas.
Pettersen said it was a relief. She has a gorgeous little boy and if she’s decided she wants Herman to be her attention power to her. She’ll be missed however.
It’d be wrong to reflect on the 3 days in Gleneagles and make it all. Why she would be the attention, but you can understand. Not since the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, has Solheim Cup or a Ryder Cup come to the final putt of this competition.
Americans are very patriotic but having bumped into some of my American colleagues in the aftermath on Sunday evening, all were thrilled with what occurred. A competition like this, a drama such as this, can just be great in showcasing women’s golfing clubs in a favorable light and to whet the appetite for longer Solheim Cups to come.
If only, there could be a knock-on impact for the Ladies European Tour. I can sit here and write how the LET can build with this and build events across Europe’s stars like Charley Hull and Georgia Hall. But I’m certain, I had been saying something like that following the win from Colorado and it never occurred.
Now’s not the time the time to be getting deeper into the slow play debate. Yes, it was slow at times, but this is some thing for the game’s government.
Until there’s a willingness to speed the game up and also have officials keen to penalise the players correctly, it will not change. The important thing now is to observe a excellent team performance led serene by this a likable and authoritative priest in Catriona Matthew.
When Anne van Dam and Charley Hull dropped out in the 18th, I thought Europe’s chances had gone. But at Killeen Castle, once the scores had been tied heading into the singles, the bottom few games – with Pettersen from the thick of it of swung Europe’s manner.
There has been a lot to savour by the putts at 15 and 16, on the day out of Bronte Law into the calmness in match and mindset . Hall took out the world No 3 to end with a 100 percent record and Carlota Ciganda directed from the front to win the game. Let’s not forget Team USA who performed their role for the ages in a Solheim.
So, on the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, to get its 2021 contest. Having a name like that, perhaps Matthew could fancy yet another captaincy. If not, why not Dame Laura Davies? She has always said she wouldn’t be captain, but she wasn’t overly excited about the role and changed her mind there. Over to you, Laura.
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