Europe Retains Solheim Cup Following Sensational Ciganda Finish

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda put on a sensational finish to ensure that Team Europe retains the iconic Solheim Cup trophy in a tense play-off, after the transatlantic team match-play competition ended 14-14 at Finca Cortesin in Málaga, Spain on Sunday, 24 September, 2023. Photo: The LPGA on X

Carlota Ciganda put on a sensational finish ensuring that Team Europe earned a point that saw Suzann Pettersen’s side retain the iconic trophy with a 14-14 at Finca Cortesin in Málaga, Spain, on Sunday, 24 September, 2023.

Ciganda knocked in a two-footer on the 17th to beat Nelly Korda 2&1 in a dramatic finale. 

The match between the best of Europe and the US was finely posed at 8-8 ahead of the final day of singles.

The defending champions Europe needed to get to 14 to keep the cup while the US required 14½ points to regain the trophy they last won in 2017, and for large parts of the day, it looked like they were going to achieve their aim.

But a nail biting final hour saw Europe fight back, as they have been doing since losing the opening session 4-0 on Friday, to secure the first tied Solheim Cup in its 18th edition.

An elated Ciganda said: 

“I’m so happy just to do this for Suzann, for Spain. I’m just so proud. I’m so happy to do this for everyone here of the family, the Spanish crowd, this is just amazing.”

Team Europe’s Carlota Ciganda

Captain Suzann Pettersen leapt up, racing out to hug the Spaniard as soon as the title was in the bag.

“I saw Suzann on 16 and she told me a couple of things and I just thought, ‘I’m going to do this for her because I love her and she deserves this’.

“I love my team, I love Europe, I love Spain, I love Solheim Cups,” Ciganda added. 

US skipper Stacy Lewis called it “A cool finish!” and “What a moment for Carlota and women’s golf,” she added.

“My team played their hearts out. I’m so proud of the way they fought.”

About the Solheim Cup:

This biennial, transatlantic team match-play competition features the 12 best European players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the 12 best U.S. players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.

Held every two years, the event has grown into the most highly coveted trophy in women’s professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in the sport have happened during past Solheim Cups and berths on the European and U.S. teams are highly sought-after by players from both organisations. 

The Solheim Cup is named in honour of Karsten and Louise Solheim, the founders of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment.


Photo Caption: Spain’s Carlota Ciganda put on a sensational finish to ensure that Team Europe retains the iconic Solheim Cup trophy in a tense play-off, after the transatlantic team match-play competition ended 14-14 at Finca Cortesin in Málaga, Spain on Sunday, 24 September, 2023. Photo: The LPGA on X

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