Suzann Pettersen had barely had time to reflect before announcing it was a fitting ending to her professional career holing the winning putt at the Solheim Cup.
Pettersen held her nerve to create her six-foot putt to the birdie which clinched a stunning one-point win for Europe at Gleneagles, justifying her selection for a captain’s pick which was met with a criticism whenever the Norwegian was inserted into the team by Catriona Matthew.
The 38-year-old, who has played little competitive golf during the previous two years after taking time away from the game due to the arrival of her child, then demonstrated her intention to retire, bringing to an end to her 19-year expert career that yielded two major victories one of her 22 wins globally.
“I feel this is the ideal closure, the ending for my Solheim career in addition to a nice’the end’ for my professional career,” said Pettersen in a jubilant European media conference. “It doesn’t get any better than that.
“And to take action with those women, I never believed I was going to be here four months ago until I met Beany (Matthew) this summer. And also to have the confidence from Beany to provide me the move , yeah, this is it. I am completely done.”
Pettersen’s baby son was Gleneagles along with her husband, and that she added:”Obviously life has changed . In all honesty, once I stepped on this tee box, you forget about what . Things are just taken care of.
“I can’t actually walk on the course thinking of him even though he’s with me in heart. However, to see him afterwards, it is just surreal. I mean life has changed within the previous year for me personally. He is obviously the biggest thing that’s ever happened for me. Now, however, I know exactly what it feels like to win as a mom, and I’m going to leave it just like this.”
Pettersen also confessed she did not know with the scores having levelled over Ally McDonald along with her triumph back to the green moments before her putt would determine the results of the Solheim Cup.
“I thought Bronte was in behind me at the fairway, but she’s really good, she closes it out on 17,” Pettersen added. “So I really did not know that it had been the putt.
“I mean, how can you ask for much more? The putt to win this Cup, when it is that close? History was produced, to triumph here in the front of the crowd. I could never in a million miles dream of something like this.”
A Solheim Cup team-mate of Pettersen’s who thrashed Morgan Pressel at the anchor game, anna Nordqvist, was nominated to lead the tributes to her friend and colleague.
“I think I am speaking to everybody on this team; Suzann was a major role model for each of the last couple of decades, and much more importantly,” she said. “I remember my first Solheim Cup in 2009, I got to play alongside a lot of my idols growing up.
“It was Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson, it was Beany, it had been Mimmi Hjorth and Suzann Pettersen. Together with Suzann my game I got to be paired and it was very cool. It was certainly one of my best highlights of my career.
“She is likely to be missed. But she is such a rock superstar. And Hedwall becoming paired in July with Suzann and Beany personally and me , I knew that was maybe one of the times the two of them and I would play. Therefore this was a pretty incredible experience. But she is just such a wonderful personality and a big role model for every one of us.”