The final day of a Solheim Cup has been injured by a argumentative occurrence that left some players in tears and Dame Laura Davies “disgusted” by one of her former teammates.
In a final fourball compare carried over from Saturday, Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull were all block with dual holes to play opposite Brittany Lincicome and Alison Lee.
Lee missed a birdie putt to win a 17th and, after a round finished dual feet behind a hole, scooped it adult with her dabble meditative it was certain to be conceded.
Hull gave that sense as she was already walking opposite a front of a immature towards a 18th tee, though Pettersen pronounced they had not conceded a putt and therefore won a hole.
A standard on a 18th was adequate for a European span to win a match, though 19-year-old Hull and 20-year-old rookie Lee were reduced to tears as exhilarated discussions took place around a green.
US captain Juli Inkster was overheard to say: “If that’s a approach they wish to play, let’s go.” Stacy Lewis adding: “Let’s use this to motivate ourselves,” before streamer several of her teammates in a intone of “Class! Style! USA!”
Asked for her greeting on Sky Sports, 12-time Solheim Cup actor Davies said: “I’m disgusted. We have got a best player, Charley Hull, who has only won a indicate and she is in floods of tears. That tells we a wrong thing was done.
“How Suzann can clear that we will never, ever know. We are all extreme competitors though eventually it’s unfair. We have to play week in, week out together and we do not do something like that to a associate pro.
“Poor aged Alison Lee contingency consider ‘I wish we never play a Solheim Cup again’. She has had food poisoning and now she has been wronged by one of a many comparison players in golf and [who] used to be one of a many reputable players.
“I know [Pettersen] is indignant and justifying everything, though she has let herself down and she has positively let her group down. we am so blissful we am not on that group this time.
“If they win they are going to consider ‘Why did we do that?’ or ‘why did Suzann do that?’”
American Nicole Castrale, who was on a winning side in 2007 and 2009, felt that European captain Carin Koch or one of her assistants should have intervened.
“Never mind what Suzann did, how about Carin Koch, Annika Sorenstam, Sophie Gustafson or Maria McBride,” Castrale said. “They all had a possibility to make this right and nothing of them stepped adult to a plate.
“This is a approach they apparently felt like they had to win. If a Europeans win, it will perpetually be tarnished.”
The occurrence overshadowed an glorious morning for a home side in Germany, with Caroline Masson and Caroline Hedwall losing to Lewis and Gerina Piller though Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher violence Lizette Salas and Brittany Lang.
Hull’s birdie on a 16th had got a final compare behind to all block before a debate erupted on a 17th, where a European span had missed their birdie attempts to leave Lee with a possibility to win a hole.
Koch approached compare arbitrate Dan Maselli on a 18th to ask if there was anything she could do and was told a European span could concur a hole and therefore separate a match.
However, Koch motionless opposite that after training that Pettersen and Hull would not have conceded a standard putt on a 17th, adding: “We have to follow a rules. We had a manners assembly where it was settled we have to concur a putt really clearly.”
Asked if it was probable to change a outcome of compare now, Inkster said: “It’s a finished understanding and we know what, we don’t wish it now.
“I have never seen anything like it in my career. It’s only not right. You only don’t do that to your peers. It’s disrespectful.
“I saw Charley walking off and Suzann kind of incited her behind and afterwards Suzann pronounced she did not give it to [Lee]. If that’s a approach they need to play to win, afterwards we will only try to do a best out there today.”
Europe lead 10-6 going into Sunday’s singles matches.