- Norwegian star to lead team Europe at Finca Cortesín in the heart of Spain’s Costa del Sol
- Pettersen: “It is the greatest honor of my career”
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen was named European captain of the Solheim Cup 2023 today, during an official venue handover and press conference at Finca Cortesín, in the heart of Spain’s Costa del Sol, Andalusia, where the next game will take place from September 18th. -24, 2023.
The two-time Major champion is synonymous with the Solheim Cup, having represented Europe nine times as a player and twice as vice-captain. She has been part of five triumphs, including the last two wins at Gleneagles, Scotland and Inverness Club, Ohio.
At the Solheim Cup 2019 at Gleneagles, after an 18-month maternity leave, she was picked by Catriona Matthew as captain’s choice and, when the game ended in a seven-foot birdie on the last hole on Sunday under The ultimate pressure, Pettersen dumped him to bring the Cup home to Europe for the first time since 2013. The 14.5-13.5 win tied for the closest margin of victory in history to the Solheim Cup, and she withdrew from competition immediately after, saying better than that.
In September of that year, after the arrival of her second child, Pettersen returned to serve as vice-captain under Matthew when Team Europe beat Team USA 15-13 to win only for the second time on American soil. Her first experience as a vice-captain was in the 2017 Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa, when she served under Annika Sorenstam. Pettersen was supposed to play a role, but due to an injury she swapped roles with Matthew just before the contest started.
As a player, Pettersen made her Solheim Cup debut at the Interlachen Golf and Country Club in Minnesota in 2002, during her rookie year on the Ladies European Tour. She starred in the next seven editions, helping Europe to victory in 2003, 2011 and 2013, before returning in 2019 for a starring role when she landed the winning putt, which she considers the greatest putt. of her career.
The former Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings number two has won 21 professional titles on the LET and LPGA circuits, including Majors at the McDonald’s 2007 LPGA Championship and the 2013 Evian Championship, but her fondest memories were forged playing for the passion, pride and friends at the Solheim Cup.
“I am simply delighted to be named captain of the Solheim Cup. It is the greatest honor of my career, ”said Pettersen.
“My best golfing memories are from the Solheim Cup. You are there with your teammates, your friends and you are all working towards 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 competitive debut 19 years ago. Each Solheim was special in its own way. You make lifelong friendships and memories you will never forget.
“Each captain is different and brings their unique skills to the table. I look forward to bringing my experience to this role and working hard over the next 22 months to defend the Cup on Spanish soil.
Speaking at the press conference, Alexandra Armas, Managing Director of the Ladies European Tour, said: “We are delighted that Suzann has accepted the role of captain of the Solheim Cup 2023. She is the heart and soul of the European team for almost 20 years and, with 21 points gained in nine appearances, his record speaks for itself. With her passion for the Solheim Cup, her love for golf and her passion for competition, she will be an inspiration to the team and fans around the world.
The heads of the Andalusian government (Junta de Andalucía) and the Costa del Sol Tourist Office (Turismo Costa del Sol), main supporters of the Solheim Cup 2023 project, stressed the importance of having such a figure. recognizable at the head of the Europe team.
“Today is a historic day for Andalusia, for the community and for the golf industry at national level,” said Manuel Muñoz, General Secretary of Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía. “We are taking one more step towards the Solheim Cup, a step which, as we saw with the 1997 Ryder Cup, will mark a before and after for golf in Andalusia and Spain.
“Sport is all about emotion and more so in a format as exciting as the Solheim Cup match. Andalusia is all about sharing emotions, experiences and joy, so we couldn’t be happier to welcome Suzann Pettersen as the perfect captain for the Solheim Cup 2023.
Turismo Costa del Sol President Francisco Salado said: “Now we can finally say that our Solheim Cup dream has come true. Although we cannot be in Ohio due to travel restrictions, we are here today with our new captain on the course where the 2023 Solheim Cup will be played.
“Today, at Turismo Costa del Sol, we are more convinced than ever of the importance of continuing to promote women’s golf, which for our destination is particularly interesting as women golfers spend more and enjoy a wider range. activities when traveling. In short, it is a long term investment.
“The dream of playing the Solheim Cup on the Costa del Sol is drawing closer and we look forward to welcoming everyone here to celebrate with us two years from now.”
“It is a great honor to host the Solheim Cup 2023 and this handover ceremony, which also served to announce the next Team Europe captain. The vocation of Finca Cortesín has always been to be a benchmark in the segment of luxury resorts and the Solheim Cup offers us with an ideal platform to continue to achieve this goal ”, said Vicente Rubio, Managing Director of Finca Cortesín .
“The Solheim Cup 2023 is the most important women’s golf event in the world and the culmination of a journey we began by hosting other competitions of the highest level. We will demonstrate our commitment to excellence, which will undoubtedly be appreciated by those who visit us from September 18 to 24, 2023.
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