Redemption. Validation. Closure. The 2019 Solheim Cup was all of these things and more for Suzann Pettersen, who holed the decisive putt for Europe, securing the narrowest of wins (14 1/2-13 1/2) amid scenes of delirium on the 18th green.
Pettersen was a left-field captain’s pick when Catriona Matthew plucked her from 18 months of inactivity, putting the wild in wild card. And upon her clinching putt, she was someone who then flummoxed everyone by announcing her retirement from professional golf. “I mean, can you ask for more? The last putt to win the Cup, when it’s that close?” Pettersen said. “History was just made. To win here in front of this Scottish crowd? This is it. This is the last you’ll see of me playing in the Solheim. “It’s perfect closure for my Solheim career and also my professional career. I’m done.”
The day started tied at 8-8 and came down to the final three matches, and Europe won them all, preventing the Americans from winning their 3rd straight in the event.