Solheim Cup: “One individual doesn’t win it; we needed all 12 of them,” Catriona Matthew says after Europe defeats the United States 15-13 in the Solheim Cup singles on Monday; USA captain Pat Hurst thinks golf was the great winner, as much as Europe.
Catriona Matthew, Europe’s captain, was quick to praise her entire 12-member team after winning the Solheim Cup for the second time on American territory.
In Monday’s singles at Inverness Club in Ohio, the visitors held off an American comeback to win 15-13.
After early victories by Leona Maguire, Madelene Sagstrom, and Celine Boutier, as well as half-point victories by Anna Nordqvist and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Matilda Castren overcame Lizette Salas on the 18th.
The main party was then put on hold for a while until Emily Pedersen’s 1up triumph over Danielle Kang on the final green clinched the overall victory.
“I believe we were a 12-person team.” “They all had a hand in it,” Matthew stated. “We didn’t win it because of one individual; we needed all 12 of them, so congrats to the entire team.”
“Obviously, our performance at Gleneagles in Scotland two years ago was spectacular, but we were up against it this time in America. This year’s American team was outstanding. They put up a lot of effort.
“We only needed to hole a couple more putts to win, and we were fortunate to come out on top. I’d like to express my gratitude to my colleagues. I had an amazing team, including the captains, our helpers, our caddies, and everyone else on the LET staff. We’ve worked as one large unit and enjoyed every minute of it.
“We got off to such a strong start today, winning three points in the opening few games, and it looked like it was going to be a competitive game.” We knew it was going to be close, and Matilda holing that great putt on 18 to get her full point, followed by Emily closing out on 18, was just dream come true stuff.
“We knew it would be difficult this year with so few European fans, and they simply dug in.” Even when the audience were thinned down yesterday (Sunday), they hung in there and came out with a tremendous finish.”
After watching her team’s late comeback fall short, US captain Pat Hurst paid tribute to Europe.
“Team Europe played fantastic, and someone has to lose, which isn’t fun, but it’s the way it is,” she said. “I think women’s golf, along with Team Europe, was the big winner.”
Hurst stated that if she had a second opportunity, she would do nothing differently.
She went on to say, “There’s nothing we can do.” “They all did a fantastic job. Team Europe played only a smidgeon better than us, and the score ended up being 15-13.
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