Suzann Pettersen has apologised for her role in the controversial fourballs match ©Getty Images

Europe’s Solheim Cup player Suzann Pettersen has apologised for her actions during Sunday’s fourballs matches following a controversial incident regarding the concession of a hole by her team at the tournament in Germany.

Pettersen and England’s Charley Hull were level with the American duo of Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome heading onto the 17th hole, where Lee picked up her ball after believing that the Europeans had conceded after Hull had walked away.

Pettersen contested that they had not conceded, resulting in the European pairing being awarded the hole and eventually beating their opponents 2 up.

However a furious United States, who had trailed 10-6 following the incident, eventually used the controversy to spur them on to a fine comeback in the singles, as they went on to seal a 14½-13½ victory to win the matchplay title for the first time since 2009.

Following the close of the tournament Pettersen posted a lengthy message on social media and confirmed that she had met with the United States’ captain Juli Inkster to discuss the incident and offer her apologies.

“I've never felt more gutted and truly sad about what went down Sunday on the 17th at the Solheim Cup," the 34-year-old Norwegian said. 

The United States rallied following the incident and secured their first triumph since 2009
The United States rallied following the incident and secured their first triumph since 2009 ©Getty Images

"I am so sorry for not thinking about the bigger picture in the heat of the battle and competition.

“I was trying my hardest for my team and put the single match and the point that could be earned ahead of sportsmanship and the game of golf itself, I feel like I let my team down and I am sorry.

“I can be so much better and being an ambassador for this great game means a lot to me.

“The Solheim Cup has been a huge part of my career, I wish I could change Sunday for many reasons, unfortunately I can't.”

The next edition of the team event is due to take place at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in America, while Scotland and Sweden are vying for the right to host the 2019 tournament.

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