Captain bullish on hosts’ chances of winning third successive transatlantic joust for the first time with US keen to spoil party
Suzann Pettersen’s Solheim Cup experiences suggest her captaincy is unlikely to prove dull. At Finca Cortesin, Pettersen leads a European side who are seeking to create history by winning the transatlantic joust three times in a row for the first time. The Norwegian exudes a level of confidence that will come back to bite her should those in stars and stripes turn tables. Interestingly, this bullish approach from the hosts is largely fuelled by the success of their players on the United States-based LPGA Tour. Legitimate questions remain over the strength of the Ladies European Tour, which has recently been quietly enhanced by Saudi Arabian riches.
Onlookers should prepare for theatre. Pettersen spent the Sunday evening of the 2015 Solheim Cup crying in her hotel room after involvement in a rules debacle. At Gleneagles four years later, Pettersen slammed home the winning putt for Europe immediately before declaring she was retiring from professional golf. She has been true to her word; Pettersen assisted Catriona Matthew in 2021 but otherwise has kept her distance from the front line of this sport. Her status is such that nobody begrudged her that.
Written by Ewan Murray at Finca Cortesin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/sep/21/suzann-pettersen-solheim-cup-europe-us-ladies-golf under the title “Solheim Cup: expect fireworks in Europe’s bid for historic triumph”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.