Catriona Matthew insisted that top Europe to some memorable Solheim Cup success at Gleneagles rated higher than her Women’s British Open victory in her career.
Team USA looked to keep the trophy in the late stages of Sunday’s singles, however Bronte Law came from behind to defeat Ally McDonald about the 17th
Pettersen defied the pressure to nail the winning putt from six feet before announcing that would be the”closing chapter” in her professional career, and Matthew insisted she’d never had any doubts that the Allied would justify her inclusion.
“I had faith in her time,” said Matthew, who stood by her claim earlier this week that a Solheim Cup win could be bigger than her key breakthrough at Royal Lytham 10 decades back. “This is the most appropriate for me without doubt. Together with the staff , nothing tops this to become fair.
“It’s unbelievable, there’s never been a better second. It was always going to come down to a putt here and for Suzann to receive it, that’s phenomenal. It was a fantasy and a great second.
“All 12 of these players, they all played their hearts out. We knew it was going to be close, but to come down and for Suzann to pit it? It was a great team performance. Each of them contributed a lot if it was not for all of us, and we would have won it.
“I think this is among the greatest girls sporting events in the world. Obviously the Women’s World Cup is enormous, but this – such as the Ryder Cup – has grown hugely over the past 30 years because it started. It’s such a spectacle of women’s golfclubs. And for it to return to that last game, that putt, you just can’t get anything more exciting.”
Asked to describe her feelings since Pettersen was lining her up match-clinching birdie putt, Matthew added:”I really can barely watch, really. It’s far worse viewing. When you’re playing you’re kind of in the zone and in the present time, and you have got control.
“But if you’re seeing, you just have to faith in the participant that is on the market, and they’re all great players. And I had confidence they were going to do it. However, it boils down to that putt?
“It has just been a excellent week. We have had great performances from everyone. We had to arrive although everyone remembers the previous putt. So, well done everyone.”
Matthew also paid tribute to Pettersen later she announced her retirement, adding:”On the last 15 or 20 decades, Suzann has been one of the trailblazers in Western women’s golf. I think we have played eight Solheim Cups, on maybe seven . She’s simply been a part of the Solheim Cup and women’s golf.
“It’s such a special moment for her. If this happens to be her final moment in golf, well, may also go out at the top.”