Victory for Europe in the Solheim Cup
Suzann “Tutta” Pettersen was excited early this week as Europe secured victory against the USA in the Solheim Cup, a golf tournament, on Sept. 25.
“It is completely unbelievable. Totally cool,” she told NRK.
After Sunday’s singles matches were complete, Europe had 15 points and the USA 13. Thus the trophy ended up in European hands for the first time since 2002.
“Tutta” contributed to the victory with a win over Michelle Wie on Sunday. With a birdie on the 18th and last hole she decided the match and won by one hole. She won three of their four games this weekend.
“I had to dig deep and bring out the best. It is completely, totally sick cool,” she said.
The European victory was certain when Caroline Hedwall in the penultimate game secured a draw against Ryann O’Toole. Azahara Muñoz secured the victory margin when she beat Angela Stanford by one hole.
It was tied 8-8 after two days of doubles in Ireland, and therefore everything would be decided in Sunday’s singles matches. Europe led 11-10 when a cloudburst and notification of thunderstorms interrupted the game, and it was unclear whether the battle could play out.
Catriona Matthew, Sophie Gustafson and Karen Stupples had secured points for Europe, the latter on walkover when American Cristi Kerr had to withdraw because of tendinitis in the wrist. Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang secured points for the United States.
When the game started again, played a draw against Laura Davies July Inkster. Vicky Hurst and Christina Kim scored points for the U.S., but Christel Boeljon, Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Muñoz tilted the match Europe’s way.
Suzann Pettersen took the lead against Michelle Wie on the first hole and held it until 12 holes. At 15 holes, Wie pulled ahead, but with birdies on two of the last three holes, the Norwegian star turned things to her and Europe’s favor.
“Today there will be a party!” said a happy Pettersen to NRK.
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