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Bronte stars in Solheim success

BRONTE Law says she relished the team ethic as Europe reclaimed the Solheim Cup with a thrilling 14.5-13.5 win over the United States at Gleneagles.
Norwegian wildcard pick Suzann Petersen holed the winning putt when she rolled in a six footer for birdie on the last green to seal a sensational fightback from the host nation.
Petersen, who has now retired from golf to concentrate on family life with her new son Herman, defeated Marina Alex in the last match out on the course.
But Stockport-born Law, making her Solheim debut, played her part after the USA had got to within a half point of retaining the trophy.
Law’s 2&1 win over Ally McDonald after being one down with four to play stemmed the tide of American victories and left the door open for Petersen’s late heroics.
Law was level going down 15, when she found a greenside bunker. But after splashing out to six feet, and then watching McDonald miss an opportunity to win the hole, Law drained her putt to stay in the game.
After an indifferent approach to the 16th, Law sank a huge birdie putt to lead and then a solid par three at the 17th was enough to give the Englishwoman the point.
“I was so thrilled,” said the 24-year-old who secured her maiden win on the LPGA Tour in May. “It was just an incredible experience and the best feeling in the world.”
“I’ve always enjoyed team golf,” added the player who had recorded a perfect record in the Curtis Cup, the amateur version of the Solheim. “It’s not about me. It’s all about helping your mates. The atmosphere was amazing. I loved every minute.”
Law heard the crowd’s roar from the 18th which told her the cup had been won and had started leaping about in delight before the greenside TV pictures relayed Petersen’s winning putt.
“I was delighted to then see it because I could have been embarrassed there! The home support has been phenomenal and this is nothing like I have ever experienced in my whole life.
“The crowd was screaming all day, and when you hear them really rooting for you it gives you that pep in your step and keeps you going.
“Obviously it was not all smooth sailing. I played some really good golf, but I made some mistakes but when I did I just listened to the crowd; they were cheering me all the way round.”
The victory ended American hopes of a third consecutive victory in the biennial competition.
Europe’s Scottish captain Catriona Matthew said: “This is fantastic. I knew the last few matches would be crucial.”
It was Europe’s sixth Solheim Cup, with the USA boasting 10 wins.