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From Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent
There was much to observe in a European Solheim Cup success that created iconic golfing memories that will last a lifetime.
As the Scottish sun shone and Suzann Pettersen cast a shadow on Gleneagles’ 18th green before holing the winning putt, the game couldn’t have asked for a better orgasm.
Here was a women’s sporting event which had created huge crowds and those 90,000 crowds were rewarded with real, sporting drama that is spine-tingling.
This thrilling denouement sits alongside those we recall in Ryder Cups at Medinah (2012), Oak Hill (1995) along with also Kiawah Island (1991) in addition to the Solheim victory at Killeen Castle in 2011.
Really the parallels with that amazing success in Ireland are difficult to dismiss. Europe needed to win the few singles matches as Catriona Matthew’s team had to in Scotland on Sunday.
We wondered what it might imply to women’s golf in Europe going 24, when the dust settled on that success. Could it be the catalyst?
The answer was shown to be a resounding’no’, even though having a win in the USA.
To an extent that the LET has contracted in recent years which its players struggle to create a living. So it would be naive to believe that the succeed in Gleneagles will immediately make much substance difference.
But here is a golden chance for the game increase and to develop. Anyone who witnessed Pettersen’s putt will probably know about the sport’s capability.
Here’s a little time create and to capitalise the heroines of Europe’s success figures within the athletic firmament. It is.
Pettersen provided the sporting fairytale. She threatens to return after becoming a mother for the very first time having played.
The 38-year-old Allied heads straight back into the shadows but using all status for holding her guts.
She is surely a Solheim skipper – possibly even for the trophy defence in two years’ time? Equally, another crack may be fancied by Matthew.
She was an exceptional leader, softly but boldly going about her company. Despite insisting it wasn’t a gamble to select on Pettersen to get a ninth Solheim Cup, it was a enormous call.
To parachute in a golfer who had little competition in such a long time required serious guts – however it was an inspired move.
Her choice also illustrates a lack of strength in depth at the peak of the European match. This render the putt of Pettersen insignificant and could have been the subject of the post mortems’d Marina Alex birdied the past for the Americans.
Such are the margins that are fine. The US beginner missed her putt, Pettersen pounced and the leading women of Europe can devote this week nursing hangovers that were celebratory.
The kind of Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier (another motivated wildcard) who won four games out of four supply further reason for celebration – particularly for the English player, that has struggled for much of the season.
This is a week to the 23-year-old from Bournemouth, that tenaciously reminded us of those credentials which brought her year’s Women’s British Open title.
Gleneagles may prove a career turning point that sets her back on track.
Her compatriot Bronte Law is. Already a winner in the LPGA Tour, the participant from Stockport showed real steel onto her debut to grab the win which set up the big second of Pettersen.
These triumphs offer cause for optimism, but the game of also the women has to address its rate of play to get any chance of booming.
They shouldn’t, although amid the scenes that are celebratory it would be easy for the rounds on Saturday afternoon to fade from the memory.
Yes states had been brutal, however, there was no explanation.
The European Tour of the men states LET and the LPGA need to get ahead of this game although it’s getting tough on the coaches that are idle, there are possible moves also about the PGA Tour.
Referees need to police rate of play penalties for people who take too long as the spectacle is being ruined by them. And Gleneagles Sunday revealed golfing – and women’s golf in particular – is watchable.
That creates opportunities build the game, to arrest decline and make the most of this movement for female sport.
But if the action is allowed to stay because it was in the Friday and Saturday fourball sessions, as turgidly slow golf does not have any possibility of capitalising.
That would be a travesty in the aftermath of a success.
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