Team Europe secured a second victory on US soil as they clinched a 15-13 win over Team USA in the 2021 Solheim Cup at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Heading into the final day, Europe had a two-point lead over the counterparts and only needed five points to retain the coveted trophy.
It was Matilda Castren’s point which ensured Europe would be heading back across the Atlantic with trophy in hand while Emily Kristine Pedersen, in the final match of the day, sealed the victory.
“I’m so proud of this team. At the end of the day, I don’t hit any golf shots. It is really up to them. They are the ones that won it. They deserve all the credit, so thank you, team. You made me look good,” explained Matthew, who becomes the first European captain to win the competition twice and to defend the trophy.
“It was really nerve-wracking watching those final matches. When you’re on the sidelines you can’t do anything about it. Matilda made a fantastic up-and-down from kind of a plugged lie in the bunker and then holed about an 18-footer to win her match. That tide had been kind of turning towards the Americans, and I think it just turned it back towards us, and then Emily finished it off with her victory on the last hole.”
Europe started the day brightly and got on the board early when rookie Leona Maguire produced a fantastic match against Jennifer Kupcho which saw her win 5&4.