SINGAPORE – If you’re wondering how Suzann Pettersen took her loss last week in Thailand when the cameras grew dark, the answer is better than expected.
Pettersen didn’t snap at the media when she walked out of the scoring area. She had great perspective for someone who had less than 15 minutes to process what happened before having to answer questions about it.
“I missed one pretty straight putt on 16 and had my chance at 17,” said Pettersen, who barely missed her eagle chance on the 72nd hole to tie Ai Miyazato. “Like I said, I played pretty good golf and I don’t waste much energy thinking of why I didn’t win it. For me, it was a great start.”
The tournament appeared to be over on Sunday when Pettersen nearly aced the eighth hole. But she missed a 2 1/2 footer for birdie, and clearly unhappy, hit her tee shot on the ninth into a fairway bunker. The drive set up her first bogey of the tournament, and opened the door for a white-hot Miyazato, who caught fire in the middle of her round and closed with a 63.
Pettersen has a chance to redeem herself this week in Singapore if she can get more putts to fall. She missed another short birdie putt on the eighth hole on Saturday and is bewildered by the Garden Course greens.
“I’m making nothing,” Pettersen said. “It’s grain and misreads. … I have one more day to go and this course owes me a low one.”