After being the instigator of arguably the most controversial moment in Solheim Cup history, Suzann Pettersen finally apologized Sunday evening after she was scolded on social media for her unsportsmanlike conduct.
Hell broke out on the 17th green when American Alison Lee missed a putt on the 17th green before picking her ball up, under the assumption Europe had conceded. While Europe’s Charley Hull was already walking towards the last hole, villainess and playing partner Petterson claimed Europe had not conceded the short putt. The match referee intervened and awarded Europe the hole – and the match.
“I’ve never felt more gutted and truly sad,” the 34-year-old Norwegian said on social media. “I was trying my hardest for my team and put the single match and the point that could be earned ahead of sportsmanship and the game of golf itself. I feel like I let my team down. I have learned a valuable lesson about what is truly important in this great game.”
I've never felt more gutted and truly sad about what went down Sunday on the 17th at the Solheim Cup. I am so sorry for not thinking about the bigger picture in the heat of the battle and competition. I was trying my hardest for my team and put the single match and the point that could be earned ahead of sportsmanship and the game of golf itself! I feel like I let my team down and I am sorry. To the U.S. team, you guys have a great leader in Juli , who I've always looked up to and respect so much. Knowing I need to make things "right," I had a face to face chat with her before leaving Germany this morning to tell her in person how I really feel about all of this. I wanted her also to know that I am sorry. I hope in time the U.S. team will forgive me and know that I have learned a valuable lesson about what is truly important in this great game of golf which has given me so much in my life. To the fans of golf who watched the competition on TV, I am sorry for the way I carried myself. I can be so much better and being an ambassador for this great game means a lot to me. The Solheim Cup has been a huge part of my career. I wish I could change Sunday for many reasons. Unfortunately I can't. This week I want to push forward toward another opportunity to earn the Solheim Cup back for Europe in the right way. And I want to work hard to earn back your belief in me as someone who plays hard, plays fair and plays the great game of golf the right way.
Only time will tell as to whether Pettersen has learned her lesson, but one thing is for sure, she single-handedly tarnished the 2015 Solheim Cup and everything it stands for. Shame on you.