GLENEAGLES, Scotland — The most sensational finish in Solheim Cup history went down to the final putt of the entire match by a veteran player who many thought was lucky to even be selected.
Suzann Pettersen did not let Europe down.
By rolling in a left-to-right birdie from 6 feet on the 18th hole, the 38-year-old Pettersen regained the biggest team prize in women’s golf for the Europeans in a 14 ½-13 1/2 win over the United States at Gleneagles.
“Just unbelievable. Never been a better moment,” said European captain Catriona Matthew, whose contentious decision to choose Pettersen as one of her wild-card picks paid off.
The Norwegian was called up by Matthew despite having played just two tournaments since 2017, having had time off because of injury and after having a baby boy, Herman.
After being mobbed by her teammates on the 18th green, an emotional Pettersen held Herman in her arms and kissed him.
“Coming down No. 18, Beany (Matthew) said, ‘It’s why I picked you,’” Pettersen said. “In your wildest dreams, especially where I’ve come from, I never thought I was going to do this again.”
As an afternoon of tension-filled singles matches drew to a close, the Americans took the lead in the contest for the first time since Friday lunchtime, at 12-11. At 13 1/2-11 1/2, they needed just a half-point from the final three singles out on the course to guarantee retaining the cup, but then came the European fightback.
Anna Nordqvist completed a 4-and-3 win over Morgan Pressel in Match 12 on No. 16. Then, on No. 17, Bronte Law sealed a 2-and-1 win over Ally McDonald to tie the score.
By that time, Pettersen’s opponent, Marina Alex, had slid a 10-foot birdie putt wide on No. 18 that would have retained the cup for the U.S.
It was about 30 seconds after Law’s win was confirmed that Pettersen settled over her putt and made it, sparking raucous celebrations for the home team on the PGA Centenary Course.
Niemann 1st Chilean to win on PGA Tour: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Joaquin Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour, closing with a 6-under-par 64 for a six-stroke victory in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
The 20-year-old Niemann entered the final round of the season opener with a two-stroke lead and held off challenges from Tom Hoge and Richy Werenski. He is the first 54-hole leader to win at The Greenbrier since the tournament began in 2010.
Niemann birdied the final three holes and finished at 21-under 259 at Old White TPC.
The victory gives Niemann a spot in next year’s Masters, where he will play for the first time as a pro. Niemann played in 2018 from his victory in the Latin American Amateur Championship. He shot 63 in the final round in his native Chile.
Garcia extends consecutive-years victory streak at KLM Open: AMSTERDAM — Sergio Garcia won for the first time in 11 months, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot victory in the 100th edition of the KLM Open.
Garcia extended his streak to nine consecutive years with at least one victory. It was his first win since the Andalucia Valderrama Masters last October. Garcia finished at 18-under 270 to hold off Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark. Matt Wallace (68) of England finished third.
Kelly claims Ally Challenge title: GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Jerry Kelly played bogey-free in the final round at Warwick Hills and closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the Ally Challenge, his second victory this year on the PGA Tour Champions.
He started the final round with a one-shot lead over Charles Schwab Cup leader Scott McCarron and Woody Austin. McCarron fell apart with a 75. Austin remained within one shot until a bogey on the par-4 15th.