Norwegian Suzann Pettersen (38) retires from professional golf.

 

Suzann Pettersen playing golf inTaiwan 2011

Sunday September 15th Europe defeated USA in the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Auchterarder , Scotland. It was Europe’s first win since 2013 and sixth in the 16 matches that have been held since the competition.

Suzann Pettersen, nicknamed Tutta, has been a professional for 18 years. She had the European Roockie of the Year title in 2001. She has now played in nine Solheim Cups and represented Norway in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Pettersen has 15 LPGA Tour victories, including two majors: the 2007 Women’s PGA Championship and the 2013 Evian Championship. Pettersen married the former mountaineer Christain Fredrik Ringvold (39) in January 2017. Just over a year ago, she gave birth to her first child, Herman. A year ago the couple bought a house in Oslo. They previously lived together in Orlando, Florida, not far from her Taiwanese professional golfer friend Tseng Yani , who invited Suzann and the U.S.-based LPGA Tour to Taiwan from 2011, the year Yani was the best female golfer, Suzann the second best female golfer in the world. The next two years (2012 and 2013) Pettersen was the champion in Taiwan.

Last Sunday, after holing a birdie putt on the final hole for the vital one-up win over USA’s Marina Alex, Pettersen had a news conference with her victorious team mates.
– This is it, I’m completely done, Suzann Pettersen told reporters. – I think this is the perfect closure for my professional career, it doesn’t get any better and to do it with these girls is amazing. Today was a dream come true and it was a real team effort. This is definitely the best moment of my career, it even tops winning the British Open, but I think it is harder watching then playing. If it hadn’t been for my teammates I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did.
– But life has changed for me so much over the past couple of years, I’m just delighted I know what it feels like to win as a mom. He’s [son Herman] obviously the biggest thing that’s ever happened for me. I’m going to leave it like that. This is the end for me in professional golf.
– Pettersen has been a role model to each, Anna Nordqvist replied.
Susanne is the toughest competitor I’ve ever come up against, Laura Davies said.
– Suzann has been a true great of woman’s golf and we wish her well, European captain Catriona Matthew said.
It was a tough loss, US skipper Juli Inkster said, her first defeat in three matches.
But I told my team that the sun will still come up tomorrow and it was an honor to do this job three times. Today was special for women’s golf. The Europeans played great, and now we look forward to Toledo in 2021 and trying to get the cup back.

The Solheim Cup is since 1990 a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. Solheim is a habitational name from thirty or more farmsteads, notably in Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane, West Norway. The name Solheim means “Sunny Home” in Norwegian. In the early 1900s many families moved from Norway to America. Solheim Cup is named after Karsten Solheim, a Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer who was a driving force behind its creation.

Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Yani Tseng (Taiwan), Na Yeon Choi (South Korea) together with the championship trophy at the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in Taiwan October 2011.