Finishing flourish

Gleneagles, Scotland, 16 September 2019: What a comeback! And what a way to end your professional golf career! Huge congratulations from all at IRGS to Iain’s former student Suzann Pettersen, who won the Solheim Cup for Europe on Sunday with one of the most spectacular finishes in the history of women’s golf.

Suzann sank a seven-foot birdie putt on the final hole in the final singles match to beat Marina Alex 1-up and give Europe a stunning 14½-13½ victory over the USA at Gleneagles.

Suzann, her teammates and the fans react to her winning putt.

The putt capped a remarkable return for Suzann, who had played just three stroke-play events since taking 19 months off around the birth of her son, Herman.

But European captain Catriona Matthew, her long-time Solheim Cup playing partner, chose her as a captain’s pick and saw her faith repaid amid astonishing scenes on the final hole. And the drama didn’t end there as, moments later, Suzann announced her retirement from golf.

Player and coach.

Iain got to know Suzann during his time at Mission Hills in China when she was a regular visitor and was her full-time coach for several months in 2016.

He says: “It’s a remarkable finish to a remarkable career. She has a total of 15 LPGA Tour victories, including two Majors, and many memorable Solheim Cup moments, capped by the events on Sunday.

“Suzann has always been a strong personality. If your team had a difficult putt to win the Solheim Cup, then she would be the player you would want standing over it. What a player and what a competitor!”