GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Suzann Pettersen hit the final putt of the Solheim Cup, and as it turned out, the final putt of her career.
Pettersen holed a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Gleneagles as Europe won the last three matches to capture the Solheim Cup on Sunday, 14½ to 13½, in the most tension-filled finish in Solheim Cup history.
When it was over, the 38-year-old from Norway announced her retirement from professional golf.
"Yeah, this is it. I'm completely done," she said. "It doesn't get any better."
The Americans were going for a third straight victory and led 13½-11½ with three matches on the course at Gleneagles, two of them tied. Anna Nordqvist closed out Morgan Pressel in 15 holes. Bronte Law took the lead with a clutch birdie on the 16th and then won her match over Ally McDonald on the next hole. Moments later, it came down to Pettersen's match against Marina Alex.
The American missed from 10 feet. Pettersen holed the putt, and the celebration was on.
"Never been a better moment," European captain Catriona Matthew said.
Matthew first signed up Pettersen as a vice captain until deciding to make her a captain's pick for a team she felt lacked experience. Pettersen had played only two tournaments since November 2017, taking time off for injury and for the birth of son Herman.
After being mobbed by her teammates on the 18th green, an emotional Pettersen held Herman in her arms and kissed him.
Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier won their matches, going 4-0 for the week for Europe. Lexi Thompson, the top qualifier for the American, went 0-2-2 and lost to Hall in her Sunday singles match.
Chile's Niemann gets PGA victory
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Joaquin Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour, closing with a 6-under 64 for a six-stroke victory in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
The 20-year-old Niemann entered the final round of the season opener with a two-stroke lead and held off challenges from Tom Hoge and Richy Werenski. He is the first 54-hole leader to win at The Greenbrier since the tournament began in 2010.
Niemann birdied the final three holes and finished at 21-under 259 at Old White TPC.
Hoge shot 65 and finished alone in second at 15-under 265. Werenski missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th and then took bogey on the par-3 closing hole, knocking him into a four-way tie for third. The bogey on the final hole cost him just over $300,000.
The victory gives Niemann a spot in the Masters next year, where he will play for the first time as a pro.
Garcia wins on European Tour
AMSTERDAM — Sergio Garcia won for the first time in 11 months, closing with a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a one-shot victory in the 100th edition of the KLM Open.
Garcia extended his streak to nine consecutive years with at least one victory. It was his first win since the Andalucia Valderrama Masters last October. Garcia finished at 18-under 270 to hold off Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark.
Kelly wins again on Champions Tour
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Jerry Kelly played bogey-free Sunday at Warwick Hills and closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the Ally Challenge, his second victory this year on the PGA Tour Champions.
Kelly also won two months ago in his native Wisconsin at the American Insurance Family Championship.
He started the final round with a one-shot lead over Charles Schwab Cup leader Scott McCarron and Woody Austin. McCarron fell apart with a 75. Austin remained within one shot until a bogey on the par-4 15th, and Kelly stretched his lead to three with a birdie on the par-3 17th. Austin birdied the 18th for a 69.