Just weeks after closing out her career with the match-winning putt in the Solheim Cup, Suzann Pettersen has written an emotional open letter to her infant son, Herman.
"This is it," she said. "I'm completely done. My professional career, I'm done. I have no plans starting from tomorrow.”
The 38-year-old had played only a handful of competitive rounds since stepping away from the game in November 2017 to have Herman, her first child.
Now, in a poignant letter posted on the LPGA website, Pettersen has explained how the marketing slogan for this year’s Solheim Cup – “It all leads to this moment” – formed the perfect frame for her to announce her retirement.
“When I saw the ball disappear and the tens of thousands of fans surrounding the green roared, I realized, immediately, that the line I’d seen all week was a perfect summation of my career,” she wrote. “It all led to that moment. My family was all there. You won’t remember it, but I’m sure you will see it in replay for years to come.
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“What you can’t see on video is the relief I felt. I knew in that instant that I would never have to ask myself ‘what if…?’ I would never have to wonder if I could make it back. I had answered all those questions.
“It was a fairytale ending, one I couldn’t have imagined.”
In the same letter, Pettersen describes Herman as a “precious gift” and revealed how complications in her pregnancy made her “a complete basket case, worrying every moment that something was going wrong”.
She also revealed how she broke down later in the evening following her match-winning heroics at Gleneagles.
“I sat in one of those comfy chairs in the dark room of the Gleneagles Hotel listening to you breathe. I looked at my phone and it had blown up with thank-you messages from people around the world. LPGA players, staff, Europeans, Americans – it didn’t matter. Messages were ticking in one after another.
“I had become a lot more emotional as a mom. But this was overwhelming. I wept like I hadn’t in many years. For the first time as a golfer, I was completely, totally satisfied, content and at peace.”