Pettersen in action at the Solheim Cup
Pettersen in action at the Solheim Cup Image Credit: Reuters

Suzann Pettersen, who won the Solheim Cup for Europe in 2019 with the last shot of her career, will captain the team four years later for its second straight title defense.

The Norwegian’s 7-foot putt for birdie at the final hole at Gleneagles saw Europe reclaim the biggest prize in women’s team golf and she retired immediately afterward.

Pettersen was vice captain when the Europeans retained the title at the Inverness Club in Ohio in September, also under Catriona Matthew, and now she has taken over as captain.

“I am simply thrilled to be named Solheim Cup captain, this is the biggest honour of my career,” said Pettersen, a winner of 21 professional titles worldwide in her illustrious career. “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.”

The next edition of the Solheim Cup will be played at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia from Sept. 18-24, 2023.