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