Amid scenes of unbridled joy at the end of a day of pulsating drama, Europe won the Solheim Cup extraordinary back on Sunday .
Here was a miracle to place next to the miracle the men gathered in 2012 in Medina. Even with 30 minutes to go, it still looked like an epic-scale failure.
& # 39; I thought a draw at that time would be a good result, & # 39; admitted Europe's leader, Catriona Matthew. A draw would of course have meant that America, as holders, retained the trophy. Then the English law of Bronte drilled a 20ft birdie putt to send her competition Europe on the 16th road, and suddenly the miracle was happening.
Now it all came down to Suzann Pettersen, Europe & # 39; s largest Solheim player for someone who had hardly played all year round due to maternity leave. All square with the par-five 18, she just had to win her match against Marina Alex. Both players were 100 yards from the green in two.
Both played beautiful shots under extreme pressure. Both had similar putts, but Alex's was above the hole and it slid past. Now Pettersen had to make a hole from eight feet while players from both teams squatted through the green, barely able to look, and thousands of spectators held their breath.
This is how you define greatness, a player who shuts out the sound and the possibilities to deliver a nervous stroke. She may be the 635th player in the world because of her long absence, but Europe did not want anyone else to be over the putt.
"How can you ask anything else? You just have to take the moment, & said Pettersen.
She did well. A stroke as pure as you want, and when the ball disappeared, the 38-year-old Norwegian warrior made a primordial roar. In the twilight of a great career, Pettersen declared the moment so perfect, it would be her last putt.
& # 39; This is it, I am all done with professional golf, & # 39; she said.
What a way to bend. After the putt came bedlam, while hundreds of people ran onto the green. The inquisitive Matthew was carried up on tired shoulders, her hands raised in genuine triumph.
De Schot had her heart focused on winning back the trophy on her own soil, and here was her controversial selection of wildcards that completed the job. No wonder she was ecstatic.
She once won a British Open just three months after birth, but even that success paled. "This is by far the best moment I've had in golf," she said.
While Pettersen embraced her young son Herman, the other heroines of the day could not jump up and down. There was the bustling law, one with five holes to play in a critical match against Ally McDonald, but she got the job done, just as you knew she would. Charley Hull had a meltdown on the 18th, but another halved match meant three points out of four.
There was the fantastic Georgia Hall and brilliant French rookie, Celine Boutier. Only two Europeans had ever played in at least four games in a Solheim Cup and came up with maximum points – and now there are two more to join Sweden's Sophie Gustafson in 2011 and Caroline Hedwall in 2013 after this pair combined was for three wins out of three in a row and then won their respective singles games.
Both did this in a typically courageous way and came back early from two to record their victories. Hall has had a disappointing year because the 23-year-old was able to process her success in the British Open last year. But this certainly makes up for it.
For the Americans it was difficult for Captain Juli Inkster and especially the fantastic Korda sisters. Jessica and Nelly both finished with three and a half points out of four, and for a long part of Sunday's session, their contributions seemed decisive.
Both parents played tennis for the Czech Republic. Petr, their father, even won a Grand Slam in the Australian Open. But the sisters are under pressure, they can both have even more successful careers than mother or father.
What an advertisement this was for the ladies game. What an approval for women's sport. The golfers have had to take something from a back seat because the focus is on football, netball and the like. Here they showed that they can still be more than alone. This was as good as it gets.