Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.CAMBRIDGE, Ontario -- Suzann Pettersen and Mi Hyang Lee each shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Manulife LPGA Classic.Suzann Pettersen has issued a desperate plea for forgiveness after her shameful refusal to concede a putt left players in tears during scenes that marred the Solheim Cup, the biggest competition in women's golf. And Pettersen has finally admitted she made a gross error, offering a lengthy mea culpa - amounting to 300 words in all - via an Instagram post on Monday morning, in which she said she 'has never felt more gutted and truly sad' and is 'so sorry'.'I am so sorry for not thinking about the bigger picture in the heat of the battle and competition.Pettersen has been widely and heavily criticised for her hugely unsporting act, which left her English team-mate Charley Hull, 19, in tears and American rival Alison Lee also needing comforting by her team. 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!Pettersen's smile came out in force when it was all over, though, as she won by two shots over 16-year-old amateur Lydia Ko. Pettersen, watching that, shook her head and chuckled with a combination of relief and admiration when it didn't go in.But the kid made the veteran -- who is twice her age -- battle for it. "It's good for us to get young players like her into this game," Pettersen said, "because it keeps the rest of us working even harder and pushing the limits, pushing the boundaries." Had Ko made her chip for birdie, Pettersen's work on the last green would have been more pressure-packed.They will complete their second rounds Saturday morning.
Pettersen’s golf career surged when she broke onto the amateur scene.She won the Norwegian Championship five times, back-to-back between 19.She represented Norway in the World Amateur Team Championship in 19, becoming World Amateur champion in her second showing.The Americans were outraged by the Norwegian's actions, gathering in the middle of the 18th fairway to vent their feelings and chanting 'Class! I feel like I let my team down and I am sorry.'To the US team, you guys have a great leader in Juli , who I've always looked up to and respect so much.Knowing I need to make things "right," I had a face to face chat with her before leaving Germany this morning to tell her in person how I really feel about all of this.