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, during which 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 an alternative of instantly permitting herself to get swamped within the European celebrations, Pedersen made certain to console Brett.
“However we have been on completely different groups and I simply wished to be on the crew actually. I knew he was all the time going to return be part of the occasion a bit later, but it surely was a bit bizarre for certain not having to leap on him.”
And because the pair are each “professionals,” Pederson explains, she’s taking “the mick out of him somewhat 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 completely happy for me. Clearly, he wished 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 recollections.
On the 2017 version of the biennial golf match — 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, successful no factors.
Nevertheless, on the Inverness Golf Membership in Ohio, Pedersen created some happier recollections, successful 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 optimistic time on the Solheim Cup.
“I type of felt like a complete different particular person,” she defined.
“It was type of somewhat 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 crew, so it was a a lot larger 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 on account of Covid-19 journey restrictions.
And regardless of there being roughly 130,000 US followers there on Monday, Pedersen believed the partisan ambiance may 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 crew,” she mentioned.
“We have been a small group of helpers of workers over there in comparison with everybody on the house soil and I feel the truth that we went into it understanding there was going to be no European chants, there was going to be no ‘Ole, Ole, Ole’, actually grew us collectively.
“And I additionally suppose that we had one of many strongest European groups ever. The depth of this crew was simply unbelievable and everybody got here into this Solheim in nice enjoying kind and I feel it confirmed as properly.”