Solheim Cup 2015 New Memories for All
The just-concluded Solheim Cup will be remembered for a lot of good reasons. The golf in both sides was superb and the comeback by the United States, which gave it a 14 Â½-13 Â½ win was one of the greatest in the history of international team competition, menâ€™s or womenâ€™s.
Trailing 10-6 at the start of singles, the American side went on to win eight of the 12 singles matches and halved another to achieve their ninth win in the series against five defeats. It was the first U.S. win since 2009.
Gerina Pillerâ€™s performance on the final day was particularly memorable. She reeled off nine birdies in her match against Caroline Masson before getting up and down from a greenside bunker at the final hole to preserve a 1-up win. Had the match been halved and Europe would have claimed the extra half point it needed to retain the Cup.
â€œIt’s pretty awesome that I could do that,â€ Piller said. â€œBut it’s one of those things it just so happened I looked at the board and it’s 13 and a half. I didn’t want to be that person, I just didn’t. Me and my coach talked about being great and getting up there. So I just told myself, Gerina, just be great, hit this putt, that’s all you can do. Just roll it and it will go in.â€
Lexi Thompson managed just a half point in her leadoff singles match against Carlota Ciganda. It was perhaps fitting that the match was halved for both players played outstanding golf.
â€œIt was a good match to watch. In best ball, we were killing it. She’s a tough one to beat, I knew that coming into today.
But a lot of the post-Cup discussion will focus on Suzann Pettersen and the four-ball match between Pettersen and Charley Hull and the American tandem of Lee and Brittany Lincicome. Lee left her birdie putt at the 17th a foot-and-a-half short and, when Pettersen and Hull walked away, assumed her par putt had been conceded. But it wasnâ€™t, and when Lee picked up her ball Pettersen made a claim, which resulted in the Americans losing the hole and eventually the match.
Pettersen has deservedly been taking some incoming fire since then, although she later issued an apology for her actions.
Pettersen lost her singles match to Angela Stanford, who admitted she had some extra motivation after what happened to Lee.
â€œI felt bad for her,â€ Stanford said. â€œShe is such a class act and she handled this week so well. And getting to play with her Friday, I was impressed with how she handled herself. It shouldn’t have happened to her. I think that’s what made me the most mad. A little bit of extra motivation. But today everybody needed to win, so that’s what I was thinking about.â€
In the aftermath of that controversial four-ball match the criticism has been focused in Pettersen. But Hull shares some of the blame as well. She may be just 19 but she is an adult and competing at the gameâ€™s highest level. While she does not have the longevity of her teammate, she has the same responsibility to respect the game and her opponents. She could have and should have conceded the putt.â€