15 Oct Solheim Cup: Suzann Pettersen putt was golf’s ultimate mic drop
That was the greatest in sporting drama in Gleneagles.
Let’s just start with the headline grabber, Suzann Pettersen, that made the ultimate mic fall in golfing. To hole the winning putt in a Solheim Cup had been an occasion that, regardless of the wins on the LPGA Tour and elsewhere as well as the majors, has described her career.
Pettersen had already achieved so much in the Solheim Cup. We have seen her return from five down with five to play to grab a half-point from Michele Redman, then there was also the victory along with Annika Sorenstam in her homeland.
Before the controversy in Germany on the putt which wasn’t given was that the standout moment of their 2015 contest the pep talk with Caroline Hedwall in Ireland and Azahara Munoz created drama to maybe fit Gleneagles. She had to pull in Des Moines two years ago, just days prior to the start, but obtained her special second this time around.
I called Pettersen’s pick by Catriona Matthew as”controversial” about the day it was declared, though I did add that if anyone could take care of the pressure such a select brings, it’d be the Norwegian. But for a participant who returned July following 20 month maternity leave, that just made one cut to perform what she did? Nah, no one could have predicted !
If you haven’t listened to the Sky Sports podcast from last week in the build up to the Solheim, then it may be well worth going back to listen to Suzann’s interview for an understanding why she’s quitting golf. There’s a bit in which she talks about during her career, she would frequently get up in the middle of the night with swing thoughts and the way leave was.
Pettersen said it was a relief to have just one year of not considering golf. She has a gorgeous little boy and if she’s decided she wants Herman to function as her focus power to her. She’ll be missed however.
It’d be wrong to reflect at Gleneagles about the 3 times and make it all about Pettersen. However, you can know why she’d be the focus. Not since the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, includes a Ryder Cup or Solheim Cup come down to this contest’s final putt.
Americans are very patriotic by what exactly occurred but with bumped into some of my colleagues in the wake on Sunday evening, all were thrilled. A competition such as this, a drama like this, can be great in showcasing women’s golf clubs in a favorable light and to whet the appetite for more Solheim Cups to come.
If only, there might be a knock-on impact for the Ladies European Tour. I will sit here and write the LET assemble events around Europe’s celebrities such as Charley Hull and Georgia Hall and can build with this. But I’m certain, I was saying something similar to that following the win from Colorado and it never happened.
Now is not the time to get into that, nor is it the time to be getting to the play argument that is slow. Yes, it was painfully slow sometimes, but this is something for the government to take care of of the game.
It will not change, until there’s a willingness to speed up the sport and also have officials keen to penalise the players properly. The key thing is to celebrate a excellent team performance led priest, calm and by this a likable at Catriona Matthew.
When Anne van Dam and Charley Hull dropped out at the 18th, I believed Europe’s chances had gone. But in Killeen Castle, when the scores had been tied at 8-8 heading to the singles, the base three games – with Pettersen in the thick of it all of swung Europe’s way.
There has been so much to savour from the putts at 16 and 15 from Bronte Law out of Celine Boutier. Hall took the entire world No 3 to finish her week with a 100 percent record and Carlota Ciganda headed to win the opening game. Let’s not forget Team USA either, who performed their part for many years in a Solheim.
Onto the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, for the 2021 competition. Having a name like that, possibly Matthew may fancy a different Scottish-led captaincy. If not, why not Dame Laura Davies? She has always said she wouldn’t be captain, but she also wasn’t overly keen on the role and altered her mind there. Over to you, Laura.