Europe stunned as Norwegian hero quits af­ter claim­ing vic­tory

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Solheim Cup - By James Corrigan

Dame Laura Davies ex­pressed her amaze­ment last night that Suzann Pet­tersen had an­nounced her re­tire­ment af­ter be­com­ing Europe’s Sol­heim Cup match-win­ner.

Davies, one of Ca­tri­ona Matthew’s as­sis­tant cap­tains, revealed that the 38-year-old Norwegian who holed an eight-footer on the 18th to seal a dra­matic win over the US, had kept the news to her­self.

“It’s the first I’ve heard of it and I think it is in­cred­i­ble to say ‘that’s it’ af­ter you proved you are still at the top of the game,” Davies said. “I wouldn’t be sur­prised if Suzann did play again, but if she is to go out then what a way to do it.”

The two-time ma­jor win­ner is adamant that is it. She had only played twice in two years when Matthew picked her as a wild card, but jus­ti­fied the se­lec­tion in beat­ing Ma­rina Alex for Europe’s first win in six years.

“I think this is a per­fect end for my pro­fes­sional ca­reer. It does not get any bet­ter,” Pet­tersen said, as she hugged her 13-month old son Her­man. “I mean, can you ask for more? The last putt to win the cup, when it’s that close? His­tory was just made, to win here in front of this crowd, I could never in a mil­lion miles dream it.

“I never thought I was go­ing to be here four months ago. To have the con­fi­dence from Beany [Matthew] to give me a go, this is it. It’s a dream come true to win this for Beany, here in Scot­land.

“To see my son after­wards, it’s just sur­real. Life’s changed so much for me over the last year. He’s ob­vi­ously the big­gest thing that’s ever happened for me. But now I know what it feels like to win as a mom. I’m go­ing to leave it like that. I am com­pletely done. I don’t have any plans from tomorrow. I am pretty much clos­ing it down.”

For her part, Matthew called it “the best achievemen­t of my ca­reer”, de­mot­ing her Women’s Bri­tish Open win in 2009. “This is the best with­out doubt,” she said. “With the team around you noth­ing tops this to be hon­est. It’s un­be­liev­able, there’s never been a bet­ter mo­ment. It was al­ways go­ing to come down to a putt here or there and for Suzann to get it, phenom­e­nal.”

Go­ing out on top: Suzann Pet­tersen cel­e­brates hol­ing the putt on the 18th that won the Sol­heim Cup

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