Watch the moment that Europe wins the Solheim Cup with the last putt
Solheim Cup's nail-biting victory over the United States on Sunday was "a dream come true" Europe captain Catriona Matthew said after Sunday's 14½-13½ win over Gleneagles.
Europe won the last three games with wildcard select Suzann Pettersen who drills the winning putt in the last hole to grab the trophy on a day of high drama in Scotland.
"It was a fantastic moment," said Matthew. "All 12 players played their hearts out. We wouldn't have won if we weren't all there."
The US was looking forward to claiming a third consecutive Solheim Cup when they were leading 13½-11½, needing only half a point from the last three games to reach 14 points and keep the trophy .
But Anna Nordqvist in Sweden achieved a 4 & 3 victory and the British Bronte Law won her match on the 17th, moments before Pettersen completed a sensational comeback victory with a birdie on the 18th.
Matthew, who played in nine Solheim Cups, initially asked 38-year-old Norwegian Pettersen, who only returned this year after a November 2017 timeout to have a baby, to have a baby to be a non-playing vice captain.
Despite the fact that he only played two events – where the cut was missed at both – Matthew chose Pettersen, whose world ranking is 665, as one of her four wildcard selections.
When asked if she felt justified in making that call, Matthew, who received some criticism at the time, replied: "Just a little."
Matthew born in Edinburgh said that guiding Europe to the victory of the Solheim Cup on its own soil was all its previous achievements in golf
. Pettersen called it the "ultimate scenario for reclaiming the Solheim Cup", referring to her Scottish captain. ] "Things are not getting any better. The home of golf, Scotland, large crowds, Beany [Matthew] is just here and away on the street."
England's law of Bronte, who sprinted the 18th after winning her competition to participate in the celebration, said the "phenomenal" home support "had been the 13th member of the team" with 90,000 people attending the event.
"This is nothing I've ever experienced in my life," said the 24-year-old from Stockport.
"They screamed all day and it made a huge difference. You can hear them rooting for you and it makes a huge difference. It gives you that pep in your step and keeps you going when you make mistakes
"And when I made those mistakes I just listened to the crowd, they cheered me all the way around. "
Law also admitted:" I tried to do the math, but I couldn't remember if it was 14½ points or 14 to win, so I just thought & win your point and the rest is being arranged & # 39 ;. And Suzann took care of it. "