Solheim Cup: Suzann Pettersen will captain Europe in 2023, 2024

Suzann Pettersen has been named captain of the 2024 European Solheim Cup Team for next year's competition in Virginia, U.S.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2023
Solheim Cup: Suzann Pettersen will captain Europe in 2023, 2024

Suzann Pettersen has been named captain of the 2024 European Solheim Cup side. 

The 2024 Solheim Cup will be played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, over 10-15 September. 

The two-time major winner is already preparing to lead the top 12 European female golfers at the 2023 Solheim Cup.

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That will be played at Finca Cortesín, in the heart of Spain's Costa del Sol, Andalucía. But she will continue in the role for a second term.

She said: 

"I love the Solheim Cup and it's such a unique honour to be asked to captain Team Europe again in 2024.
"Being offered the role for a second time before the 2023 matches have even been played is a little different to usual, as we usually play the competition every two years and announce the next captain after the competition, but because of the changes to the schedule and having back-to-back Solheim Cups in consecutive years, it makes perfect sense.
"So far, my 2023 captaincy has been a pure joy so to be able to lead the team in Europe this year and then again next year in the U.S., near the nation's capital, will be a great honour.
"This will allow us to build a strategy and a philosophy for the team that we can keep which will offer more consistency for the players and enable them to focus on their performance. My focus is on getting the team around the players and the atmosphere right and then taking that up to the next level."

Pettersen is a 21-time tournament winner, earning major titles at the 2007 McDonald's LPGA Championship and the 2013 Evian Championship.

During her career she earned 23 top-10 finishes in major championships and was ranked as high as No.2 on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.

In 2016, Pettersen represented Norway in the Olympic Games in Brazil, finishing 10th place.

Pettersen represented Europe on nine Solheim Cup teams, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019. 

She famously holed the winning putt at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Pettersen made a dramatic comeback as a captain's pick after her maternity leave and she then retired from competitive play immediately after the match. As a player, she owns a 18-12-6 win-loss-tie record and has earned 21 points for the European team from 36 matches.

In 2017, she served as an assistant captain to Annika Sorenstam after withdrawing from the competition due to injury and she also worked in that role under Catriona Matthew during Europe’s second away victory at Inverness Club, Ohio, in 2021.

Stacy Lewis, the 2023 U.S. Solheim Cup Team captain, will also continue in her role and serve as the U.S. Team captain in 2024.