And in Monday’s singles match, it simply so occurred that Pedersen and Kang — and subsequently Brett — had been paired in opposition to one another.
After a rollercoaster 18 holes, through which the Dane held a lead however virtually managed to let it slip, Pedersen was in a position to roll dwelling the putt which clinched the outright victory for Europe after her teammates had already ensured the Solheim Cup could be returning to Europe.
Instead of instantly permitting herself to get swamped within the European celebrations, Pedersen made certain to console Brett.
“But we had been on totally different groups and I simply wished to be on the group actually. I knew he was at all times going to return be a part of the social gathering a bit later, however it was a bit bizarre for certain not having to leap on him.”
And because the pair are each “professionals,” Pederson explains, she’s taking “the mick out of him slightly bit” for being on the dropping aspect.
“We knew it was by no means going to be something private, however I do know he is actually completely satisfied for me. Obviously, he wished to win with the US and with Danielle, however he’s sportsman sufficient to say: ‘Congratulations.'”
Before this 12 months’s Solheim Cup, Pedersen did not have one of the best recollections.
At the 2017 version of the biennial golf match — which pits one of the best skilled girls’s golfers from Europe and the US in opposition to every one other — she misplaced all three of her matches, successful no factors.
However, on the Inverness Golf Club in Ohio, Pedersen created some happier recollections, successful three and dropping simply considered one of her matches.
And she believes that point to mature since then performed a giant half in having a extra optimistic time on the Solheim Cup.
“I type of felt like a complete different particular person,” she defined.
“It was type of slightly little bit of a redemption for me to return again and play like I did at this 12 months’s Solheim. I felt much more mature, much more prepared and I felt much more like I belonged on this group, so it was a a lot better expertise for me this time.”
While usually a small variety of away followers are likely to make the journey for the Solheim Cup, there was a good smaller variety of European followers as a result of Covid-19 journey restrictions.
And regardless of there being roughly 130,000 US followers there on Monday, Pedersen believed the partisan environment may need helped her and her teammates.
“I feel the truth that we did not have any followers really introduced us much more collectively as a group,” she stated.
“We had been a small group of helpers of workers over there in comparison with everybody on the house soil and I feel the truth that we went into it realizing there was going to be no European chants, there was going to be no ‘Ole, Ole, Ole’, actually grew us collectively.
“And I additionally suppose that we had one of many strongest European groups ever. The depth of this group was simply unbelievable and everybody got here into this Solheim in nice taking part in type and I feel it confirmed as nicely.”