Suzann Pettersen’s decision to retire after her moment of Solheim Cup glory was not planned, she has claimed, adding that even winning another major title couldn’t top the feeling.
The Norwegian settled an incredible competition by sinking the winning put on the last green of the last match at Gleneagles as Europe reclaimed the trophy.
Pettersen’s putter was barely back in its bag before she decided to call time on her career, though, and she says it was something that the moment demanded.
“It’s just a fairytale ending to what was an amazing week,” the two-time major champion said.
“It just came to me as I was standing there with everyone. It was not planned. I just grabbed the moment,”
“I’m done now. I told the girls this is it, I’m not going to do it again. I don’t have the nerves for it.”
Pettersen left golf in 2017 to become a mother, and was a surprising choice when handed a Solheim Cup spot by European captain Catriona Matthew.
In fact, having dropped to world number 665, she was all set for the vice-captaincy before being handed a wildcard.
That faith, though, was massively repaid – for both women.
“I never thought I was going to be able to do this again,” Pettersen added.
“I’ve always said it, the Solheims have meant the world to me.
“It’s probably [given me] the biggest highlights of my career and, being a part of that on Sunday on the 18th green, nothing is ever going to top it so I might as well leave on top and say enough is enough.
“It doesn’t matter if I win another major or regular tournament – nothing is going to beat it.
“For me, it was almost like a perfect stage to say goodbye to professional golf.”
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day.
A change in date from August to May last year placed the tournament second in line behind the Masters, in calendar terms at least.
The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.