Europe Hands USA Home Ground Defeat!
Team Europe proved the pundits wrong when it went against all conventional thinking about a home-ground advantage to bring down Team USA to claim the 2021 Solheim Cup.
The final score was 15-13 with Team Europe proving that it has the best women golfers in the world!
This victory was a wire-to-wire win for the Europeans as they powered their way to retain the Solheim Cup – just its second victory on U.S. soil.
Europe started the final round, Monday’s singles by winning five of the first seven points. But the Americans came charging back to threaten a dramatic turnaround which sadly did not materialise.
Rookie Leona Maguire, the first Irishwoman to appear in the Solheim Cup, got the fire started by turning in a scorching finish to claim the first point from Monday’s 12 singles matches with an emphatic 5&4 win over Jennifer Kupcho. Her crushing win over Kupcho also saw her become only the third player in Solheim Cup history to earn her team more than four points in a single competition.
Maguire’s spectacular victory boosted the morale of Team Europe and its players gave no measure to the home team. Maguire, who was the only player from either side to feature in all five matches, recorded four and a half points overall, a record for a rookie.
In the other matches, Madelene Sagstrom beat America’s Ally Ewing while Celine Boutier edged out US rookie Mina Harigae to push Team Europe closer to their target of 14 points.
The clincher came when another rookie, the Flying Finn, Matilda Castren dumped American Lizette Salas with her par putt which guaranteed Europe had its fourth Solheim Cup win in its last six meetings with the Americans.