Group Europe have retained the Solheim Cup for a next consecutive time subsequent an enthralling 14-14 draw from Staff United states of america.
Owning trailed 4- at the commence of Friday, Suzann Pettersen’s facet clawed their way back again into the match.
Equally sides have been stage at 8-8 heading into Sunday, with nothing at all separating them in the closing session.
Spanish star Carlota Ciganda, actively playing on residence turf, proved to be the hero for Crew Europe right after successful in her match against Nelly Korda to take her facet to 14 factors.
And they would have gained the Solheim Cup outright experienced it not been for Lexi Thompson, who defeat Emily Pedersen to amount the scoring to guarantee the initial attract in the biennial contest’s record.
It suggests that Team Europe have now lifted the Solheim Cup three periods in a row for the 1st time because the inaugural tournament in 1990.
Staff captain Pettersen couldn’t hide her joy all through the quick celebrations, as she heaped praise on Ciganda.
She advised Sky Sports: “I consider it’s intended to be. It arrived down to Carlota, in Spain, in her individual hands.
“I walked with her down 16 and explained, ‘is this how you required it? Mainly because it’s all in your arms in now.’ And she was like, ‘I’m up for it.’
“We have the ideal team. I’m so very pleased of them, they perform with their heart.
“There is no this kind of thing as giving up, no matter what problem is forward.
“We obtained off to a rough start out, but we never seem again – the sky is the limit.”
Pressed on how Crew Europe plan to rejoice, Pettersen quipped: “It is likely to be just one really massive occasion tonight.”
Ciganda in the meantime has said she desired to win for Pettersen, remarking: “I have many feelings right [now], I’m so pleased just to do this for Suzann, for Spain.
“I’m just so proud. I’m so content to do this for everybody right here of the family members, the Spanish group, this is just astounding.
“When I saw Suzann on 16, she advised me a couple of matters, and I was like, ‘I’m just heading to do this for her, simply because I enjoy her and she deserves this.’”