Bronte Law’s part in the Solheim Cup Glory at Gleneagles might go missing because of what happened moments later with Suzann Pettersen on the 18th, but it shouldn’t.
The scrappy 24-year-old may have been a rookie on Catriona Matthew’s team but she was given the crucial penultimate match in the Sunday singles and turned a one-down deficit with four to play into a 2 and 1 victory. Literally moments after she beat Ally McDonald on the 17th green, Pettersen sank the winning putt at 18.
“I honestly don’t know what happened out there, just an incredible experience and the best feeling in the world,” she said.
“I love being part of a team. This is exactly what I play this game for. I don’t do it for myself. To be able to do it for others and for Beany (Matthew), in our home, it’s really incredible.”
With a slight time delay from real time and the big screen close to the 17th green where she was watching, Law started leaping about before the pictures came because she heard the crowd’s acclaim from up the hill.
“I was delighted to then see it because I could have been embarrassed there,” she admitted. “But the home support has been phenomenal, honestly.
“This is nothing I’ve ever experienced in my whole life. They’ve just been phenomenal and they are honestly the 13th member of the team. And they’ve been screaming all day today, that makes a massive difference.
“When you can hear them really rooting for you it just gives you that pep in your step and just keeps you going.
“Obviously it wasn’t all smooth sailing today, I played some really good golf, but I made some mistakes but when I did I just really listened to the crowd; they were cheering me all the way around.”
Anna Nordqvist, who gets married in Perthshire next year to Kevin McAlpine, the former Scottish pro now an LPGA caddie, got the other crucial point at the death but all she could talk about was Pettersen and Matthew.
“Suzann has been a big role model for all of us these years,” she said. “I remember my first Solheim Cup in 2009, I got to play alongside a lot of my idols growing up; Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson, but it was always Beany and Suzann.
“She’s going to be missed, Beany too as she won’t play the LPGA so much now. When I was paired at an event with Beany and Suzann in July, I knew that was maybe one of the last times I would play with both of them.
“They’re just such great characters and big role models for all of us.”
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