Solheim Cup joy after the mother of all putts

Sports | 17 Sep 2019

Suzann Pettersen announced her retirement from professional golf after sinking the winning putt in Europe's thrilling Solheim Cup victory over the United States at Gleneagles.

Europe beat the USA 14.5-13.5, with Norwegian wildcard Pettersen holing a six-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-up win over Marina Alex in Scotland.

Pettersen, 38, was in her ninth Solheim Cup, but it was a rare outing. She gave birth to her first child, Herman, 12 months ago and only made the team as a shock wildcard call by captain Catriona Matthew.

"This is the end of my Solheim career, and the end for me in professional golf," she said. "I'm completely done. But if it hadn't been for my teammates I wouldn't have been able to do what I did."

Pettersen has been a professional for 18 years, taking the Europe rookie of the year title in 2001 and going on to win 23 times.

"Suzann has been a great role model," said Matthew.

She added: "The fact it came down to the last putt on the final hole was just amazing ... definitely the best moment of my career, but it's harder watching than playing."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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