Solheim Cup 2021: Europe beat US 15-13 in Ohio to retain trophy

Solheim Cup 2021: Europe beat US 15-13 in Ohio to retain trophy

Solheim Cup 2021: Europe beat US 15-13 in Ohio to retain trophy

Solheim Cup 2021: Europe beat US 15-13 in Ohio to retain trophy

Solheim Cup 2021: Europe beat US 15-13 in Ohio to retain trophy

Debutant Leona Maguire starred as Europe retained the Solheim Cup with a hard-fought 15-13 victory over the United States in Ohio.

Maguire won her singles match on Monday to complete an unbeaten week in which she collected four and a half  points from her five matches – a record for a rookie – and set the tone for a thrilling final day.

Fellow rookie Matilda Castren holed a nerveless eight-foot putt to win her match on the 18th green and claim Europe’s 14th point – the one that meant they would at least retain the Solheim Cup – before Emily Pedersen made sure of the victory by winning the last match on the 18th.

“It’s just crazy, crazy,” said Castren. “I can’t believe I made that putt.”

It sparked an outpouring of joy among the Europeans, who were considered rank outsiders in the build-up having won just once previously in the US, but have now won four of the past six editions of the biennial event.

“It’s just unbelievable. My team have been so fantastic all week,” Matthew, 52, told Sky Sports.

“I’m so proud of them. We knew it was going to be tough with just a handful of European fans. It was a great start and then got a little dodgy.

“It was nerve-wracking. We got three and a half [points] out of the first four and then the tide was turning.”

 

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