Suzann Pettersen has been named as Team Europe’s 2023 Solheim Cup captain and will lead the reigning champions at Finca Cortesin in Spain.
Norwegian Pettersen was a stalwart of the European team as a player and replaces Catriona Matthew, who led the team to back-to-back victories over the United States.
Pettersen sunk the winning putt in the first of those at Gleneagles in the 2019 and she was one of Matthew’s assistants as Europe successfully defending the Solheim Cup with victory at the Inverness Club.
Pettersen will now take on the captaincy for the first time at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia, Spain, from September 22-24, 2023.
What Suzann Pettersen, Solheim Cup captain, said:
“I am simply thrilled to be named Solheim Cup captain, this is the biggest honour of my career,” said Pettersen.
“My best golfing memories are from the Solheim Cup. You are out there with your team-mates, your friends, and you all work for one goal. You fight for your friends and you share incredibly precious moments.
“I have played with and under many wonderful captains since I made my debut in the competition 19 years ago. Every Solheim has been special in its own way. You make friendships for life and memories you’ll never forget.
“Every captain is different and brings their unique skills to the table. I am very much looking forward to bringing my experience to the role and working hard over the next 22 months to defend the Cup on Spanish soil.”
Five-Time Solheim Cup Winner
Pettersen won 21 titles during her playing career on tour and played in nine Solheim Cups.
She was part of the winning side on five occasions, including when holing the winning putt on the last green at Gleneagles having returned from having a baby.
Alexandra Armas, chief executive of the Ladies European Tour, added: “We are delighted that Suzann has accepted the role of captain for the 2023 Solheim Cup.
“She has been the heart and soul of the European team for almost 20 years and, with 21 points earned from nine appearances, her record speaks for itself.
“With her passion for the Solheim Cup, her love for the game of golf and her competitive fire, she will be an inspiration to the team and to fans around the world.”
Image credit: Suzann Pettersen / Twitter
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