Swedish golfers Caroline Hedwall and Sophie Gustafson were instrumental in helping Europe seal a dramatic win against the USA in the women’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup.
The Americans looked like they had it all wrapped up until the Europeans launched a dramatic comeback. On the final green, Swedish rookie Caroline Hedwall won the last two holes giving her a half point against Ryann O’Toole and sealing Europe’s victory of 15-13 against the Americans.
A very happy Caroline Hedwall spoke with Swedish Radio Sport afterwards:
“It was a fantastic half point: it felt great. I succeeded in putting pressure on my opponent. All I could do was put on the pressure and make my birdies and on this occasion she couldn’t handle it.”
Fellow Swede Sophie Gustafson also contributed to the victory with her four wins out of four moving the European team to within three and a half points of victory on the final green.
The strong Swedish performances helped give Europe this unexpected and dramatic victory: the first in eight years in the Solheim Cup.
Sunday evening also saw drama and celebration in Swedish football.
Helsingborg IF beat Gais 3-1, with Bouaouzan ensuring the victory via a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
The victory against Gais, together with AIK only managing a draw with Malmo, meant that Helsingborg secured enough points yesterday to be crowned the champions of this season’s top divsion allsvenskan football league. Although there are still three games remaining before the end of the season, no other team can now catch up with Helsingborg.
Helsingborg’s goalkeeper, Christoffer Andersson, spoke with Swedish Radio Sport after the match:
“We have shown that we are Sweden’s best team. Now we shall continue to work hard. We aren’t satisfied yet; we shall win more titles.”