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Debutant Leona Maguire starred for Europe as they claimed just their second Solheim Cup victory ever on US soil at Inverness Club in Toledo, beating their American rivals 15-13.
The Irish star’s singles victory over Jennifer Kupcho on Monday ensured she left America with four and a half points to her name from five matches on her debut in the biennial contest.
That stands as a record for a rookie on either side – and provided the ideal springboard for a hard-fought success.
Europe ensured they had retained the Ryder Cup thanks to Finnish rookie Matilda Castren making a brilliant putt for par on the 18th to beat Lizette Salas.
But the European victory was later confirmed at Inverness Club with Emily Pedersen winning the final singles contest on Monday against America’s Danielle Kang.
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And it was a very fitting way to finish the Solheim Cup for Europe, as Pedersen responded to Kang’s excellent 25-foot putt for birdie with a brilliant one of her own to win her match 1UP.
The jubilant celebrations immediately began as Europe clinched a rare victory on American soil in Toledo.
After Europe’s dreams were realised, a host of the winning players paid tribute to their team.
European star Georgia Hall told Sky Sports: “Obviously extremely happy – we can’t have any of our own crowd so I think we’ve done a fantastic job.”
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She then added: “It’s the second time we have won on US soil and we’ve got one of the best teams we’ve ever had.”
Maguire, meanwhile, who many will see as the key player for Europe, admitted she “couldn’t have given anything more” over the last week.
The 26-year-old said: “The goal was to get my point, that’s all I can do. I’ve given it my absolute all this week, I couldn’t have given anything more. I couldn’t have asked for a better week.”
Catriona Matthew made history meanwhile, becoming the first European captain to win successive Solheim Cups.
And afterwards, she spoke of her delight at sealing glory on US soil.
Matthew said: “It’s just unbelievable. My team have been so fantastic all week.
“I’m so proud of them. We knew it was going to be tough with just a handful of European fans. They hung in and came out with a great finish yesterday. It was a great start and then got a little dodgy.
“It was nervewracking. We got three and a half out of the first four and then the tide was turning.
“I am so pleased for Emily to make that putt on 18 to win her match, just shows how good she is.”
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