Pettersen to retain Solheim Cup captaincy for Europe in 2024

Ronan MacNamara

The European team erupt in excitement as Suzann Pettersen celebrates holing the winning putt during the final day singles matches in the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in 2019 (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen will captain Team Europe in back-to-back Solheim Cups after being confirmed as captain for the 2024 edition in Virginia USA.

Pettersen held the winning putt in 2019 at Gleneagles to cap off a stellar playing career which included nine Solheim Cup appearances for Europe.

The two-time major winner served as vice-captain on two occasions, most recently in Catriona Matthew’s camp as Europe on on US soil for just the second time in their history in Ohio in 2021.

Pettersen will be captaining Europe as they bid for a historic three successive Solheim Cups this September in Finca Cortesin before bring her troops to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club from September 13-15 2024.

“I love the Solheim Cup and it’s such a unique honour to be asked to captain Team Europe again in 2024,” said Pettersen.

“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.”

LET CEO Alexandra Armas commented: “Suzann was a natural choice to lead the 2024 European Solheim Cup Team. She is doing a superb job in her preparations for the 2023 Solheim Cup in Spain and her experience, passion and pride will make her a great leader in 2024. The players know and respect Suzann and this continuity in leadership will ensure that they have the best preparation as we drive towards another incredibly successful event in 2024.”

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