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Europe win Solheim Cup in dramatic fashion

Updated: Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 19:35

Sophie Gustafson and Suzann Pettersen of Europe celebrate their team's victory on the 18th green
Sophie Gustafson and Suzann Pettersen of Europe celebrate their team's victory on the 18th green

Europe regained the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003 after a dramatic 15-13 final day victory over the United States at Killeen Castle.

The outcome hinged on the last three matches, and they all swung in Europe's favour.

Spaniard Azahara Munoz clinched the vital point in the final match with a one hole win over Angela Stanford.

In the penultimate match, Caroline Hedwall, who was two down with two to play against Ryann O'Toole, won the last two holes for a vital half point.

Suzann Pettersen had started the final half hour of drama when she fought back from one down with three to play to beat Michelle Wie by one hole. The world number two birdied the final three holes, holing from eight feet at the last.

It was a first ever singles win for Pettersen and only a fourth Solheim Cup victory for Europe in 12 contests.