Over the course of three days, the Europeans seemed to make everything that mattered, serving notice in a 15-13 victory that the notion of home-course advantage in the biennial event between the longtime rivals no longer exists. Perhaps Europe’s perception as the perennial underdog, too.

Europe never trailed at any point in northwest Ohio while beating the Americans for the fourth time in their last six meetings. It was their second victory ever on U.S. soil.

“Hands down, I think this is the best team Europe has ever had,” seven-time Solheim Cup veteran Anna Nordqvist said.

The Europeans certainly played like it, guided by the leadership of two-time captain Catriona Matthews — who said she will step aside when the event shifts to Spain in 2023 — and the brilliance of rookie Leona Maguire.

The 26-year-old former Duke standout, the first Irish woman to make a Solheim team, went unbeaten (4-0-1) while being the only player on either side to participate in all five sessions.

Going out third in singles, Maguire using an eagle and three birdies on the front nine on her way to dispatching Jennifer Kupcho 5-and-4 to give Europe the first of five points needed to hold onto the Cup.

U.S. captain Pat Hurst stuck with the “pod” system that had worked so well for former captain Juli Inkster. It might be time to revisit the approach after Europe jumped to a 3 1/2-1/2 point advantage after the opening alternate-shot session on Saturday morning and held firm the rest of the way.

“I had a plan and I stuck to it,” Hurst said. “I’m pretty consistent. Everyone knew what we were going to do and I wasn’t going to go away from that, and I didn’t.”

There were bright spots for the U.S. on Monday, namely from world No. 1 Nelly Korda and older sister Jessica. The two struggled over the weekend but Nelly Korda rallied for a 1-up win over Georgia Hall while Jessica surged past Charley Hull 3-and-1.

It just wasn’t enough and an afternoon when most of the roars from the crowd were for lengthy par putts that halved holes for the Americans instead of winning them. Not even a highly partisan crowd that included a rapping two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (yes, really) could give the U.S. the momentum it needed to close the gap.

Europe earned three of the first four points available in singles to push the U.S. to the brink. The Americans rallied briefly and for a moment appeared to have an outside chance at squeezing out the 7 1/2 points required to finish off a stunning comeback.

They couldn’t quite get there, symbolic of an extraordinarily tight event where 16 of 28 matches reached the 18th green.