2019 Solheim Cup: Europe Wins Squeaker

Team Europe celebrate as Suzann Pettersen of Team Europe putts to win her match and the tournament during the final day singles matches of the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles on September 15, 2019
Suzann Pettersen (on the green) and Team Europe (background) celebrate Pettersen's putt that won the 2019 Solheim Cup.

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The 2019 Solheim Cup was one of the most closely contested yet played, with every session and every day ending with the teams no more than one point apart. In the end, Europe closed out the last two matches on the course within seconds of each other to claim the victory.

  • Final Score: Europe 14.5, United States 13.5
  • Dates: Sept. 13-15, 2019
  • Site: Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland
  • Captains: Europe — Catriona Matthew; USA — Juli Inkster

2019 Solhem Cup Team Rosters

  • Team USA: Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Jessica Korda, Megan Khang, Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Angel Yin, Annie Park, Morgan Pressel-x, Ally McDonald-y.
  • Team Europe: Carlota Ciganda, Anne Van Dam, Caroline Hedwall, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist, Celine Boutier-x, Jodi Ewart Shadoff-x, Bronte Law-x, Suzann Pettersen-x.

(x-captain's pick; y-injury replacement for Stacy Lewis)

How Europe Won the Solheim Cup

Team Europe led by one point at the end of Day 1; by the end of Day 2, the teams were tied. Going into singles, the United States needed six points to hold the cup, Europe needed 6.5 to win it. In the end, Europe got what it needed.

And we do mean in the end: When Megan Khang won the 18th hole of her match to halve Charley Hull, it put Team USA within a half-point of holding the cup. But there were still two matches on the course, and it came down to those two matches.

First, Bronte Law rolled in a long birdie putt on the 16th to go 1-up against Ally McDonald. When Law and McDonald's matched reached the 17th, the Suzann Pettersen-Marina Alex match won the 18th green and all square.

First, Alex had a putt to with the match and the Solheim Cup, but slid it past the hole. Then, Law putted to win her match against McDonald, and made it. Seconds later, Pettersen putted to win her match against Alex and the Solheim Cup for Europe, and made it.

That was the end of the match and also the end of Pettersen's career: In the post-tournament press conference, Pettersen announced her retirement.

Sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda partnered one another to two victories, becoming the first sisters ever to partner in a Solheim Cup, and both went 3-0-1 for Team USA. Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall both went 4-0-0 for Europe.

Scores of All the Matches

Day 1 Results

Foursomes

  • Morgan Pressel/Marina Alex, USA, halved with Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law, Europe
  • Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Lexi Thompson/Brittany Altomare, USA, 2 and 1
  • Jessica Korda/Nelly Korda, USA, def. Caroline Masson/Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Europe, 6 and 4
  • Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz, Europe, def. Megan Khang/Annie Park, USA, 2 and 1

Fourball

  • Suzann Pettersen/Anne Van Dam, Europe, def. Danielle Kang/Lizette Salas, USA, 4 and 2
  • Ally McDonald/Angel Yin, USA, def. Anna Nordqvist/Caroline Hedwall, Europe, 7 and 5
  • Nelly Korda/Brittany Altomare, USA, halved with Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz, Europe
  • Jessica Korda/Lexi Thompson, USA, halved with Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law, Europe

Day 2 Results

Foursomes

  • Morgan Pressel/Marina Alex, USA, def. Anna Nordqvist/Anne Van Dam, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Lizette Salas/Ally McDonald, USA, 3 and 2
  • Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz, Europe, def. Danielle Kang/Megan Khang, USA, 4 and 3
  • Jessica Korda/Nelly Korda, USA, def. Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law, Europe, 6 and 5

Fourball

  • Brittany Altomare/Annie Park, USA, def. Suzann Pettersen/Anne Van Dam, Europe, 1-up
  • Lexi Thompson/Marina Alex, USA, halved with Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Caroline Masson, Europe
  • Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Ally McDonald/Angel Yin, USA, 2-up
  • Lizette Salas/Danielle Kang, USA, def. Carlota Ciganda/Azahara Munoz, Europe, 2 and 1

Day 3 Results

Singles

  • Carlota Ciganda, Europe, def. Danielle Kang, USA, 1-up
  • Nelly Korda, USA, def. Caroline Hedwall, 2-up
  • Georgia Hall, Europe, def. Lexi Thompson, USA, 2 and 1
  • Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Annie Park, USA, 2 and 1
  • Angel Yin, USA, def. Azahara Munoz, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Megan Khang, USA, halved with Charley Hull, Europe
  • Lizette Salas, USA, def. Anne Van Dam, Europe, 1-up
  • Jessica Korda, USA, def. Caroline Masson, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Brittany Altomare, USA, def. Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Europe, 5 and 4
  • Suzann Pettersen, Europe, def. Marina Alex, USA, 1-up
  • Bronte Law, Europe, def. Ally McDonald, USA, 2 and 1
  • Anna Nordqvist, Europe, def. Morgan Pressel, USA, 4 and 3

Player Records

(Wins-Losses-Halves)

United States
Lexi Thompson, 0-2-2
Nelly Korda, 3-0-1
Danielle Kang, 1-3-0
Lizette Salas, 2-2-0
Jessica Korda, 3-0-1
Megan Khang, 0-2-1
Marina Alex, 1-1-2
Brittany Altomare, 2-1-1
Angel Yin, 2-1-0
Annie Park, 1-2-0
Morgan Pressel, 1-1-1
Ally McDonald, 1-3-0

Europe
Carlota Ciganda, 1-2-2
Anne Van Dam, 1-3-0
Caroline Hedwall, 0-2-0
Charley Hull, 2-0-2
Georgia Hall, 4-0-0
Azahara Munoz, 2-2-1
Caroline Masson, 0-2-1
Anna Nordqvist, 1-2-0
Celine Boutier, 4-0-0
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, 0-2-1
Bronte Law, 1-1-2
Suzann Pettersen, 2-1-0