Ireland's Leona Maguire played a stunning starring role on her Solheim Cup debut as Europe claimed just their second victory on US soil in Toledo.
Maguire’s singles victory over Jennifer Kupcho at Inverness Club gave her four-and-a-half points from five matches – a record for a rookie on either side – and provided the ideal springboard for a hard-fought 15-13 success.
Wins for Madelene Sagstrom and Celine Boutier edged Europe closer to their target, along with half points from Anna Nordqvist and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, before victories for world number one Nelly Korda, Brittany Altomare and Megan Khang kept the contest alive.
It fell to Finnish rookie Matilda Castren to make a nerveless up and down from a bunker on the 18th to beat Lizette Salas and make sure the trophy would return across the Atlantic, with Emily Pedersen then guaranteeing half a point from the final match to ensure a two-point victory.
Her opponent Danielle Kang won the 16th and 17th and even birdied the last, but Pedersen followed her in to complete the victory in fitting fashion.
Pedersen's birdie on 18 restored the two-point gap after wins for Jessica Korda and Yealimi Noh had seen USA reduce the margin momentarily to just one.
"It was a bit of a fight because after 15 I knew we'd won and I just wanted to go celebrate with everyone, so I just really had to collect myself," Pedersen said. "But it felt really good to hole that last putt.
The 26-year-old Maguire told Sky Sports: "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.
"Jen is a world-class player. We’ve done battle many times in college. This wasn’t the first, and it will definitely not be the last. I knew I was going to have to play some really good golf to beat her today.
"Got off to a great start; that eagle on two really sort of set me up and I holed some really nice putts, and just really kept my foot down all day."
Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew added: "It was an amazing team effort after we got off to a great start this morning.
"We knew it would be so tough with no European fans. I'm just so proud and happy for them."
Some performance from @leona_maguire. Maybe @RyderCupEurope inspired her in 2006 but for sure she's inspiring @RyderCupEurope now. pic.twitter.com/b1RDVZQZfW— Padraig Harrington (@padraig_h) September 6, 2021