Pettersen issues apology for her Solheim actions

European Solheim Cup veteran Suzann Pettersen has taken to Instagram to issue an extensive apology of her actions in the ‘ConcessionGate’ incident, involving the short putt not conceded to Alison Lee at the Solheim Cup on Sunday.

Lee scooped up the ball thinking her fourball opponents, including Pettersen, had given her the putt, only for Pettersen to alert a rules official that they had not.

Suzann Pettersen Suzann Pettersen (Credit: LET)

The Americans went on to lose the hole and the match ahead of the final day Singles, leaving an unsavoury taste in the mouth of everyone involved.

After initially being unrepentant and claiming she’d do it again if faced with the situation, 24 hours of perspective has had a telling impact on the Norwegian.

“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,” Pettersen wrote,

“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 (Inkster), 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.”