For years, Suzann Pettersen dominated the professional golf world. It showed through 15 LPGA Tour wins, seven Ladies European Tour wins, and two major championships. Nine European Solheim Cup appearances, including the end-all be-all putt in Gleneagles to secure victory for Team Europe in 2019, the pièce de résistance of an incredible career.
But those numbers do not define Suzann Pettersen. She’s defined by her journey, as a young, multi-faceted Norwegian athlete that rose to the pinnacle of women’s golf. She’s defined by her family, whether it be the competitive push from her older brothers, the guidance and support from her parents or the one she’s creating of her own. She’s defined by her tenacity, her personality, her unwavering focus on and off the golf course.
And now, she is defined by her own words.
This past Sunday, CBS Sports aired Her Final Putt – Suzann Pettersen’s Story, a documentary on the life of Pettersen. Compelling from beginning to end, the film showcases an inside look of the storied career of the mother and golfer, from her childhood to her retirement at the 2019 Solheim Cup.
Born and raised in Norway, Suzann, nicknamed “Tutta” by friends and family, started playing golf at a young age along with her father. A natural talent, Suzann told her dad at 12-years-old she wanted to become the world’s best. At 14, she wrote down her “vision,” a binder depicting what she wanted out of a career as a professional golfer, never questioning her confidence in the sport.
“The world knows Suzann from being a professional golfer, and there, she is very, very strengthened and determined. As a daughter, she is soft, nice and friendly,” said Axel Pettersen, Suzann’s father, in the documentary. “The picture almost everybody gets from her on the golf course, that’s quite another person than when she’s private.”
In the film, Pettersen describes her unstoppable amateur career in Norway that transitioned into an explosive professional one on the LPGA and Ladies European Tour. Her personality, strong and undeniable, was a force to be reckoned with.
“That look that she has on the course, that she just wants to beat everyone. She always reminded me of Tiger [Woods], in female,” said LPGA Tour winner Carlota Ciganda.
In 2017, Pettersen married Christian Ringvold and gave birth that August to her son, Herman. Taking the time with her new family, Pettersen didn’t return to the game until the 2019 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. She partnered with Catriona Matthew, her eventual captain at the forthcoming Solheim Cup, where Pettersen would join Team Europe as a captain’s pick.
The rest, as they say, is history, and one that is beautifully illustrated by Pettersen and others in the rest of the film. After its airing, Pettersen joined Kraig Kann on Facebook Live to give viewers an inside look on what it was like to watch her life on replay.