Juli Inkster, the three-time US Solheim Cup captain and seven-time major championship winner, is a treasure of golf, not just of the native country of which she is so proud.
Solheim Cup 2019: Catriona Matthew’s ‘dream come true’ as Suzann Pettersen’s last shot wins Solheim Cup
Catriona Matthew cannot improve on winning the Solheim Cup as captain on her home soil – and neither can heroine Suzann Pettersen improve on clinching it for her friend.
Solheim Cup 2019: Suzann Pettersen’s final putt wins the Solheim for Catriona Matthew and Europe on an epic Sunday at Gleneagles
Suzann Pettersen, regarded by most as a risky wildcard pick by captain Catriona Matthew, delivered the most dramatic Solheim Cup victory possible for Europe by holing the final putt of a fluctuating weekend’s play at Gleneagles.
Calling it the “Slow-heim” Cup might do this superb event no favours but there was no question pace of play was a significant issue throughout the first day at Gleneagles.
Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew stressed her team would have taken a point lead after one day of the 16th Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, but conceded that she would have preferred it to be more.
A precious pair of 18th hole birdies in the gloaming at Gleneagles rescued the USA from a potential three-point deficit and kept the 16th Solheim Cup on a knife-edge going into the second day with Europe leading by a single point.
Catriona Matthew's Europe edged ahead by a single point in the first session of the 2019 Solheim Cup in front of big and noisy crowds at a sun-drenched Gleneagles.
It’s not usually in golf’s nature for things to get too spiteful, but a healthy dose might get the juices flowing a little more as the Solheim Cup gets underway this morning at Gleneagles.
Captain Juli Inkster saw an already raw US Solheim Cup team get even more inexperienced overnight, but typically sees it as positive challenge rather than a disadvantage.