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Matthew thrilled as Europe regain the Solheim Cup


Home win: Europe captain Catriona Matthew celebrates
Home win: Europe captain Catriona Matthew celebrates

By Phil Casey

Suzann Pettersen justified her controversial wild card in stunning fashion as Europe regained the Solheim Cup in dramatic circumstances at Gleneagles.

Pettersen was chosen by captain Catriona Matthew despite having played just twice since November, 2017 before the wild cards were named, since when she had finished 59th in the CP Women's Open and missed the cut in the Cambia Portland Classic.

However, the 38-year-old Norwegian delivered when it mattered by holing from six feet for a winning birdie on the 18th hole of her match with Marina Alex to give Europe victory by 14.5 points to 13.5.

"I had faith in her all the time," Matthew said, who rated the victory above her Women's British Open triumph a decade ago. "This is the best without doubt. With the team around you nothing tops this to be honest."

Pettersen said she did not know her putt was for the win, adding: "It's all just a bit of a blur. I never thought I was going to do this again. You have to trust you are good enough and this is a fantastic win for the team."

United States captain Inkster admitted Europe played marginally better than her team.

She said: "We saw a lot of great matches out there. But you know what, they just played a little better than us. But as you know that's the way it goes in golf. We had a great time. We had six rookies out there that played great. I think they all got at least a point or half a point.

"And I couldn't ask any more of these girls, the way they grinded during that weather yesterday. Suzann made a great putt and you know, the Solheim Cup doesn't come down to that putt, but she made it today."

This is a third home victory from three matches played in Scotland and is Europe's sixth out of 16 editions of the Solheim Cup.

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