This was the ultimate in sporting play in Gleneagles.
Let us just start with the headline grabber, Suzann Pettersen, that made the ultimate mic fall. To hole the winning putt at a Solheim Cup has been an event that, regardless of the wins on the LPGA Tour and everywhere and the majors, has set her career.
Pettersen had achieved so much at the Solheim Cup. We've seen her come back from five down to play to grab a half-point against Michele Redman, then there was that also the success together with Annika Sorenstam in her life.
The pep talk with Caroline Hedwall at Ireland and Azahara Munoz made drama to match Gleneagles, until the controversy in Germany over the putt which was not awarded was the standout moment of this 2015 competition. She needed to pull in Des Moines only days ahead of the beginning, but got her moment now around.
I predicted Pettersen's pick by Catriona Matthew as"controversial" about the day it had been announced, though I did include that if anybody could handle the strain such a select brings, it would be the Norwegian. But for a player who returned in July after 20 month maternity leave, that just made one cut that comeback, to do exactly things she did? Nah, no one might have predicted !
When you haven't listened to the Sky Sports podcast from the past week at the build until the Solheim, then it might be well worth going back to hear Suzann's interview to get an understanding she's quitting golf. There's a little where she talks about the way leave was and during her career, she would frequently get up in the middle of night with swing ideas.
Pettersen said it was a relief to have a year of not considering golfing. She has a little boy and when she's decided she needs Herman to become her focus, then power to her. She'll be missed.
It would be erroneous make it all and to reflect at Gleneagles on the 3 days. However, you can know why she would be the attention. Not because the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, includes Solheim Cup or a Ryder Cup come to the Last putt of this contest.
Americans are very patriotic by what happened but having bumped into some of my colleagues at the wake on Sunday evening, all have been thrilled. A contest like this, a drama like this, can be great in showcasing women's golfing clubs in a positive light and to whet the appetite for longer Solheim Cups to emerge.
There may be a knock-on impact for the Ladies European Tour if only. I can sit here and write the LET can build on this and construct events across Europe's celebrities. But I am certain, I said something and it never happened.
Now is not the time to enter that, nor can it be the time to be getting deeper to the play argument that is slow. Yes, it had been slow sometimes, but that really is something for the government of the game.
Until there is a willingness to speed up the game and have officials willing to penalise the gamers it will not change. The important thing is to observe a team performance directed calm, by a likable and captain at Catriona Matthew.
After Anne van Dam and Charley Hull dropped out at the 18th, I thought the chances of Europe had gone. However, as in Killeen Castle, once the scores had also been tied heading into the singles, then the 3 games - with Pettersen from its thick - swung Europe's manner.
There has been so much to savour from the putts at 16 and 15 to the calmness in attitude and match from Bronte Law out of Celine Boutier. Hall took the entire world out No 3 to finish her week with a 100 percent record and Carlota Ciganda directed from the front to win the opening game. Let's not overlook Team USA either, that played their role in a Solheim for many years.
Onto the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, to get its 2021 contest. Having a name like that Matthew may fancy yet another Scottish-led captaincy. If not Dame Laura Davies? She also wasn't too keen on the character and altered her thoughts there, although she has always said she would not be captain. Over for you, Laura.
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