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Suzann Pettersen Apologizes Following Solheim Cup Controversy

Suzann Pettersen Apologizes for Solheim Controversy
Suzann Pettersen took to social media Monday to apologize for a controversial call surrounding a conceded putt at the Solheim Cup on Sunday.

In the wake of controversy Sunday morning during the Solheim Cup, Suzann Pettersen has apologized via Instagram for her role in the quarrel that marred the matches at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.

During a resumed fourball match Sunday morning 20-year-old Alison Lee, playing against Pettersen and Charley Hull with Brittany Lincicome as her partner, missed a birdie putt that would have won the hole for the Americans. Lee then picked up her ball from within two feet of the hole under the assumption Pettersen and Hull had conceded the par putt and the halve. Lee claimed to have heard the putt was “good,” but Pettersen said it was not awarded. The European team would go on to win the match.

Both Lee and Hull were in tears after their match ended. The move by Pettersen would not determine the outcome of the overall competition, as Team USA staged a dramatic comeback (partially fueled by Pettersen's antics) to win the Solheim Cup, but the discrepancy was such a hot topic that Pettersen issued the following apology on Monday:

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.

A photo posted by Suzann Pettersen (@suzannpettersen) on Sep 21, 2015 at 1:20am PDT

Just the text from Pettersen's apology is below:

”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.”

U.S. Beats Europe to Take Solheim Cup
The U.S. used a late comeback, and perhaps some motivation due to an earlier controversy, to beat Europe and win the Solheim Cup.

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