That was the ultimate in sporting drama.
Let’s just begin with the headline grabber, Suzann Pettersen, who produced the mic drop. To hole the winning putt in a Solheim Cup has been an occasion that, despite the wins on the LPGA Tour and everywhere as well as the majors, has identified her career.
Pettersen had achieved so much at the Solheim Cup. We’ve seen her return from five down with five to play to snatch a half-point against Michele Redman, then there was the success alongside Annika Sorenstam in her homeland.
Before the controversy in Germany was the standout moment of their 2015 competition the pep talk with Caroline Hedwall in Ireland and Azahara Munoz made drama to match Gleneagles. She needed to pull in Des Moines just days prior to the start, but obtained her moment that is distinctive this time around.
I predicted Pettersen’s choice by Catriona Matthew as”controversial” about the day it had been announced, though I did include that if anybody could handle the pressure such a pick brings, it’d be the Norwegian. However, for a player who returned July after 20 month maternity leave, that only made one cut that comeback, to get exactly what she did? Nah, no one might have predicted that!
In case you haven’t listened to this Sky Sports podcast from last week in the build until the Solheim, then it may be well worth going back to hear the interview for a comprehension of Suzann why she’s quitting golf. There is a bit where she talks about the way leave was the very first time she’d turned off and just how throughout 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 when she has decided she wants Herman to be her focus power to her. She’ll be missed.
It’d be erroneous to reflect at Gleneagles about the 3 times and make it all about Pettersen. Why she’d be the focus, However, you can know. Not comes with Solheim Cup or a Ryder Cup come to this contest’s Last putt.
Americans are very patriotic by everything occurred but having bumped into a few of my colleagues at the wake on Sunday evening, all have been thrilled. A drama similar to this, A contest like this, can just be good in showcasing women’s golfing in a favorable light and to whet the appetite for longer Solheim Cups to come.
There might be a knock-on impact for the Ladies European Tour if only. I could sit here and write the LET assemble events around Europe’s celebrities like Charley Hull and Georgia Hall and may build with this. But I’m certain, I had been saying something and it never occurred.
Now’s not the time the opportunity to be getting deeper into the play debate. That is something for the government of the game, although yes, it had been slow at times.
Until there’s a willingness to speed the sport up and also have officials willing to penalise the players it will not change. The thing that is important is to observe a team performance led by a likable, calm and authoritative captain in Catriona Matthew.
I believed the chances of Europe had gone when Anne van Dam and Charley Hull dropped out at the 18th. But at Killeen Castle, once the scores had been tied heading into the singles, then the few games – with Pettersen in its thick – all of swung Europe’s way.
There has been a lot to savour by the putts at 16 and 15, on the final day from Bronte Law out of Celine Boutier. Hall took the world No 3 to finish her week with Carlota Ciganda headed to win the opening game and a 100 percent record. Let’s not forget Team USA either, who played their part for many years in a Solheim.
On the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, to get the 2021 contest. Having a name like that Matthew might fancy another captaincy. If not Dame Laura Davies? She also wasn’t too excited about the character and changed her thoughts there, although she has said she wouldn’t be captain. Over to you, Laura.
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