The Scot grew to become the primary European captain to win the competition twice — and given how a lot of an underdog her crew had been coming into the competition, the 52-year-old was clearly delighted afterwards, though she did admit that it will be her final Solheim Cup.
“It’s over to another person now. I feel — now we have so many good previous gamers, and I feel everybody deserves their probability to be captain,” Matthew instructed the media afterwards.
“I feel to be a part of the Solheim, I used to be fortunate sufficient to play in 9 and I’ve captained two, and I’ve had a improbable time. It’s the very best week I’ve had each two years, and to have been concerned with it now for over 20 years, I’m positive I’ll be there watching, but it surely’s another person’s flip.”
Down to the wire
Entering Monday’s closing day of play, the European crew had a 9-7 benefit over their host, needing simply 5 factors to document a memorable victory.
And the day of singles matches could not have began higher for the guests, successful the primary three factors to increase their lead.
However, Team USA got here roaring again, successful factors from the next 5 matches to scale back the deficit to 2 with 4 video games nonetheless on the course.
But going through robust opposition in a hostile setting — there have been 130,000 followers on the course in Toledo — Castren was in a position to maintain her nerve to silence the house spectators and declare Europe’s second ever Solheim Cup victory on US soil.
Just six weeks in the past, she received the 2021 Gant Ladies Open in her native Finland to earn Ladies European Tour membership. And now, she’s a Solheim Cup winner.
“It’s laborious to place it into phrases proper now. I feel I’m nonetheless shaking,” an emotional Castren mentioned. “I simply knew I used to be trying on the board and I knew it was going to be an necessary putt, and I wished to make it. Me and (caddie) Mikey (Patterson) learn it and we learn it completely and it went in.
“I’m simply so completely satisfied proper now, and I’m unsure what the ultimate scores are, however I’m simply… Yeah, loads of feelings proper now.”
Performing on the largest stage
It was one other rookie, nevertheless, who stole the present over the weekend.
Ireland’s Leona Maguire, the primary Irishwoman to play within the occasion, by no means appeared fazed at any level throughout the pageant of girls’s golf in Ohio.
After her decisive 5&4 win over beforehand unbeaten US rookie Jennifer Kupcho, the 26-year-old completed because the match’s top-scorer with four-and-a-half factors from her 5 matches.
A quick begin on Monday helped Maguire preserve her unbeaten debut on the Solheim Cup.
“Just wished to place stress on Jen from the get-go. She’s an exceptional participant; we have performed many instances earlier than, and I knew I’d should have my ‘A’ recreation at present, and by chance, there was nonetheless some vitality left in my legs and I used to be in a position to get it completed.”
Team Europe captain Matthew praised Maguire afterwards, while additionally commending her crew’s unity.
“This crew, we’re at all times one crew and we win as a crew or we lose as a crew. It’s robust to select people. I feel all of them performed fantastically nicely, so we’re all one crew.”
‘Low blow … be higher … you are higher’
While the usual of golf dazzled, it would not be a Solheim Cup with out some controversy.
Putting for eagle on Saturday, Nelly Korda’s putt completed agonizingly near the outlet. The American sunk to her knees in frustration whereas her opponent, Madelene Sagstrom, threw the ball again to her.
She despatched one other tweet shortly afterwards seemingly referencing the incident, saying: “So a lot hate on Twitter. Look within the mirror and ask your self when you’d communicate to your family members the way in which you communicate to us. Think twice earlier than you tweet. And cease hiding as a result of we are able to see you.”