And in Monday’s singles match, it simply so occurred that Pedersen and Kang — and subsequently Brett — have been paired in opposition to one another.
After a rollercoaster 18 holes, wherein the Dane held a lead however nearly managed to let it slip, Pedersen was in a position to roll house the putt which clinched the outright victory for Europe after her teammates had already ensured the Solheim Cup could be returning to Europe.
As a substitute of instantly permitting herself to get swamped within the European celebrations, Pedersen made positive to console Brett.
“However we have been on totally different groups and I simply needed to be on the staff actually. I knew he was at all times going to return be part of the celebration a bit later, nevertheless it was a bit bizarre for positive not having to leap on him.”
And because the pair are each “professionals,” Pederson explains, she’s taking “the mick out of him a little bit bit” for being on the shedding aspect.
“We knew it was by no means going to be something private, however I do know he is actually glad for me. Clearly, he needed to win with the US and with Danielle, however he’s sportsman sufficient to say: ‘Congratulations.'”
Earlier than this 12 months’s Solheim Cup, Pedersen did not have the perfect reminiscences.
On the 2017 version of the biennial golf event — which pits the perfect skilled girls’s golfers from Europe and the US in opposition to every one other — she misplaced all three of her matches, profitable no factors.
Nonetheless, on the Inverness Golf Membership in Ohio, Pedersen created some happier reminiscences, profitable three and shedding simply considered one of her matches.
And she or he believes that point to mature since then performed a giant half in having a extra constructive time on the Solheim Cup.
“I form of felt like an entire different individual,” she defined.
“It was form of a little bit little bit of a redemption for me to return again and play like I did at this 12 months’s Solheim. I felt much more mature, much more prepared and I felt much more like I belonged on this staff, so it was a a lot better expertise for me this time.”
Whereas usually a small variety of away followers are inclined to make the journey for the Solheim Cup, there was a fair smaller variety of European followers attributable to Covid-19 journey restrictions.
And regardless of there being roughly 130,000 US followers there on Monday, Pedersen believed the partisan ambiance might need helped her and her teammates.
“I feel the truth that we did not have any followers truly introduced us much more collectively as a staff,” she mentioned.
“We have been a small group of helpers of employees over there in comparison with everybody on the house soil and I feel the truth that we went into it realizing there was going to be no European chants, there was going to be no ‘Ole, Ole, Ole’, actually grew us collectively.
“And I additionally assume that we had one of many strongest European groups ever. The depth of this staff was simply unbelievable and everybody got here into this Solheim in nice taking part in type and I feel it confirmed as properly.”