Captain's pick Suzann Pettersen did Catriona Matthew proud as she holed the winning putt for Europe. Joe Hughes has all the details

Solheim Cup report: What happened on the final day at Gleneagles?

To say it was dramatic would be an understatement.

USA needed just 14 points to retain the Solheim Cup and with 13.5 on the board, it looked like it was only a matter of time until that was confirmed. But that wasn’t what the Europeans had in mind.

With just two matches left out on the course and 13.5 on the American tally, Bronte Law and Suzann Pettersen simply had to win.

Law had battled hard to level her match with Ally McDonald and it looked to be going the distance with just three holes remaining and nothing between the pair.

But when she needed to, she stepped up.

A magnificent putt to win the 16th, followed by a passionate celebration, was the ultimate turning point. From there she carded a solid par at the 17th, which was good enough to seal the point.

This left a lone Pettersen facing Marina Alex on the 18th knowing that her final hole simply could not be halved or lost.

Her tee shot found the right rough and the Norwegian used her experience to leave herself in the perfect position to attack the pin with her third. And she did just that.

With plenty of back-spin, she threw her ball past the flag and rolled it back to no more than 6 or 8 feet while her American challenger left a little more.

Alex played first and saw her putt slip past the right side, leaving a simple situation for Pettersen – hole the putt and win the Solheim Cup.

Once she addressed the ball and began her swing, it never looked to be anywhere else but the bottom of the hole.

Europe win the Solheim Cup. 14.5 – 13.5.

So what happened in the other 10 matches?

Carlota Ciganda vs. Danielle Kang: Ciganda was the first to get a point on the board when she got the better of Danielle Kang after a thrilling battle in the top match.

All 18 holes were needed and it was only after Kang found two greenside bunkers that Ciganda was able to take advantage. The Spaniard stuck her third shot in close and that was enough for a 1-up victory.

Caroline Hedwall vs. Nelly Korda: Nelly Korda unsurprisingly did her bit for the USA once again. After a flying start from her opponent she found herself 3-down after six, but a back-nine rally saw her turn the match around and seal a 2-up win.

Georgia Hall vs. Lexi Thompson: We thought this would be one of the tightest matches of the day and it didn’t let us down.

It was really a match of two halves with the American leading from the very beginning until the end of the 9th. Hall strung three holes together from 9 through 11 and flipped the match on its head taking a one hole lead.

From there, the Englishwoman who was unbeaten for the entire week did not look back and won 2&1.

Celine Boutier vs. Annie Park: While all eyes ended up focused on the concluding matches, Boutier recorded a full point earlier with an impressive back-nine performance.

In typical fashion she played consistent and efficient golf which we have seen her do alongside Georgia Hall all weekend. This proved too much for her fellow rookie and she won 2&1.

Azahara Munoz vs. Angel Yin: One of the shortest hitters on the European team took on the longest of the USA and despite a valiant effort, the Spaniard fell just short.

4-down at the turn, Munoz had it all to do on the second nine and when winning three consecutive holes from 10 through 12, she did make some progress. However, it wasn’t enough and Yin sealed a 2&1 win.

Charley Hull vs. Megan Khang: The only halved match of the day was a thriller and like many of the clashes, the USA player was in control for most of the round.

Khang lost her lead on the 13th which she had held from the 1st and Hull gained enough momentum to send the match down 18 1-up.

A full point for Europe was a distinct possibility but when Hull’s chip failed to make the green the hole was all but gone and her challenger put it close to secure the half.

Anne van Dam vs. Lizette Salas: There was heartbreak for the popular European rookie on the 18th green as she saw her birdie putt roll by the hole.

Having started brilliantly, van Dam was ahead for the entirety of the front-nine but Salas pegged her back and had the home player needing to win the final hole for a half, which she couldn’t do. Salas won 1-up.

Caroline Masson vs. Jessica Korda: Masson led this one throughout the early stages but once the senior Korda sister found her game of the opening two days there was only one winner.

The match ended 3&2 and Jessica won four of the final five holes which emphasised her dominance.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff vs. Brittany Altomare: Shadoff’s Solheim struggles continued and this wasn’t helped by the fact that she came up against one of the most impressive players on the USA team.

Aside from the first, Shadoff did not win a hole and the match was played to Altomare’s tune – a simple 5&4 victory.

Anna Nordqvist vs. Morgan Pressel: Pressel, playing in her sixth Solheim Cup came unstuck against a determined Nordqvist.

The swede has Solheim Cup experience of her own and once she went ahead after 2 holes, she did not lose her lead.

The match ended after 15 with Nordqvist sealing the point with a 4&3 win.

Solheim Cup report: Final scores

Europe: 14.5

USA: 13.5

Solheim Cup report: Sunday singles

11.40am: Carlota Ciganda vs. Danielle Kang – Europe 1-up

11.52am: Caroline Hedwall vs. Nelly Korda – USA 2up

12.04pm: Georgia Hall vs. Lexi Thompson – Europe 2&1

12.16pm: Celine Boutier vs. Annie Park – Europe 2&1

12.28pm: Azahara Munoz vs. Angel Yin – Europe 2&1

12.40pm: Charley Hull vs. Megan Khang – Match Halved

12.52pm: Anne van Dam vs. Lizette Salas – USA 1-up

1.04pm: Caroline Masson vs. Jessica Korda – USA 3&2

1.16pm: Jodi Ewart Shadoff vs. Brittany Altomare – USA 5&4

1.28pm: Suzann Pettersen vs. Marina Alex – Europe 1-up

1.40pm: Bronte Law vs. Ally McDonald – Europe 2&1

1.52pm: Anna Nordqvist vs. Morgan Pressel – Europe 4&3

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Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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