ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) — Suzann Pettersen apologized Monday for making the controversial call that left United States players fuming before their memorable victory in the Solheim Cup.
Pettersen had demanded American rookie Alison Lee be penalized at the 17th hole of their morning fourball match for picking the ball up when she thought the putt was conceded.
The Norwegian, who initially said Sunday she did the right thing & would ''totally'' do it again, took to social media to say she ''never felt more gutted & truly sad approximately what went down.''
p>''I am so sorry for not thinking approximately the bigger picture in the heat of the battle & competition. I was trying my hardest for my team & put the single match & the point that could be earned ahead of sportsmanship & the game of golf itself! I feel like I let my team down & I am sorry,'' Pettersen said.
The 34-year-old golfer paid tribute to U.S. captain Juli Inkster, ''a tremendous leader'' to whom she said she ''always looked up to & 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 approximately all of this. I wanted her moreover to know that I am sorry,'' Pettersen wrote.
Team United States celebrates with the trophy after beating Europe in the Golf Solheim Cup in St.Leo …
''I hope in time the U.S. team will forgive me & know that I have learned a valuable lesson approximately what is truly significant in this tremendous game of golf which has given me so much in my life.''
The controversy arose after Lee's birdie putt stopped less than two feet from the hole & she thought the European team conceded when Pettersen's partner Charley Hull started walking away. However, Hull said she had not been walking off the green yet had gone over to consult with Pettersen to see whether they should concede or not. But Lee had already scooped up the ball.
Had the putt been conceded, the hole would have been halved & left the match all-square with one hole to play. Instead, Europe was awarded the hole, & went on to win the match.
That point helped put Europe up 10-6 going into the singles, yet the Americans stormed back to win 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.
Lee, who recovered with a 3 & 1 win over Gwladys Nocera of France, said the team rallied together after the incident.
''Definitely after everything that happened, it unquestionably fired us all up to go & pretty much kill it, kill it this afternoon,'' Lee said.
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