The greatest walk-off in sports history?

Alex Myers discusses Suzann Pettersen's sudden retirement after sinking a clutch putt to win the Solheim Cup, and compares it to some great goodbyes in other sports.

Released on 9/16/2019

Transcript

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So Europe beat the United States at the Solheim Cup
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in one of the most dramatic sporting events of the year.
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It also gave us one of the best
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walk off moments in sports history.
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At least we think.
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Tied with Marina Alex on the final hole,
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Suzanne Pettersen needed to make an
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eight foot birdie putt to win her match,
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and keep team USA from retaining the cup.
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She buried it and then announced
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her retirement from professional golf.
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Talk about a freaking mic drop.
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And it brought to mind some other examples
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of athletes riding off into the sunset.
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Ted Williams hit a home run in
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his final major league at bat.
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Pretty cool, but if we're nitpicking
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it wasn't a game winning home run.
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More recently, Peyton Manning won a championship
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in his final NFL game.
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But he took another month to officially retire
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and he didn't exactly light it up in that super bowl.
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Then there was Michael Jordan,
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who walked away from the NBA after capping
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at three peak with the Chicago Bulls, twice!
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But, then he came back and played
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for the Washington Wizards
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and only scored 15 points in a 20 point loss
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in his final game.
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Of course Kobe Bryant scored 60 points
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in his final game for the Lakers,
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but the black mamba morphed into a
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black hole that otherwise meaningless contest
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needing 50 shots to get to that total.
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50!
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Now he preaches passing to the middle schoolers he coaches.
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That's rich.
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Anyway, its tough to script a more special
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and less manufactured ending than Pettersen's.
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Especially since most people didn't even
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think she should be playing in Scotland.
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After essentially spending the past two seasons
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on maternity leave, the 15 time LPGA winner
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and two time major champ was a controversial
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captains pick as the 620th ranked player in the world.
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But while America's highest ranked player,
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Lexi Thompson, got shut out for the event;
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Pettersen proved doubters wrong with a
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clutch performance for the ages.
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Quote now I know what it feels like
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to win as a mom she said after.
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I'm going to leave it like that.
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She sounds pretty convincing but we've seen other
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fiery competitors change their minds before.
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Like Michael Jordan and Brett Favre
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who wound up throwing nearly as many
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retirement parties as he did interceptions.
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Pettersen has always been known as one of the
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most physically fit golfers on the planet,
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and 38 is young when you play a lifetime sport.
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Heck, there was a 100 year old woman playing in a
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European Tour Pro-Am this past weekend.
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Who looked a lot more spry than me.
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Not that that's saying a lot.
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So is this really it Suzanne?
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Quote I think this is a perfect closure she said.
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A nice the end for my professional career
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It doesn't get any better.
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Congrats Suzanne and no it doesn't get any better.
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Remember that when you get the itch to come back.
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