Workforce Europe captain Suzann Pettersen attended a “One 12 months To Go” celebration forward of the 2023 Solheim Cup, which is being hosted in Spain for the primary time; Europe trying to declare a 3rd consecutive victory towards Workforce USA
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Suzann Pettersen has hailed the depth of gamers at her disposal for subsequent yr’s Solheim Cup and has backed Europe’s wave of rising stars to impress in Spain subsequent September.
The main two gamers from the Women European Tour’s Solheim Cup factors listing mechanically qualify for Workforce Europe, together with the six highest-ranked gamers from the Rolex Ladies’s World Rankings, with the ultimate 4 gamers named by way of captain’s picks.
Swedish duo Maja Stark and Linn Grant have dominated the Women European Tour this season, every successful 4 instances to bolster their possibilities of a Solheim Cup debut in Pettersen’s workforce, whereas a number of of the victorious 2021 workforce have impressed on the LPGA Tour this season.
A glance again at the very best of the motion from an exciting remaining day on the 2021 Solheim Cup, the place Workforce Europe made it back-to-back victories towards Workforce USA
Nanna Koerstz Madsen registered her breakthrough title in March on the Honda LPGA Thailand, a month on from Leona Maguire successful the LPGA Drive On Championship, whereas Celine Boutier, Georgia Corridor and Charley Hull have all contended in occasions in latest months.
Workforce Europe shall be chasing a 3rd consecutive Solheim Cup victory for the primary time within the match’s historical past once they host the biennial occasion at Finca Cortesin in Spain from September 22-24, 2023, with Pettersen anticipating loads of younger skills in her line-up.
Talking at a particular occasion in Puerto Banus to mark a yr to go till the Solheim Cup, Pettersen instructed Sky Sports activities: “I am tremendous stoked to see the brand new younger expertise developing by means of the Women European Tour.
“I really feel like each week there are new names, new rookies and the rookies preserve persevering with to ship with nice outcomes and being in rivalry.
“Simply take a look at the Swedes [Maja Stark and Linn Grant], they’ve virtually just about performed themselves onto the workforce. Not solely simply by means of the European rankings, however they’re virtually in by way of the world rankings due to their nice outcomes.
“One in all them [Stark] is now enjoying the LPGA Tour and goes to begin incomes much more world rating factors going ahead, so I simply actually embrace it [new wave of young talent] and I am all for giving the children an opportunity – they’re the longer term.
“I am clearly additionally hoping to have some skilled gamers on the workforce, however these younger ones are feisty and fearless. They’re able to exit and struggle their coronary heart out, which is nice and that is the mentality we would like.”
Pettersen signed off her prolonged Solheim Cup enjoying profession by claiming the successful level throughout a dramatic 2019 contest at Gleneagles, the final of 9 appearances for Workforce Europe, with the victory additionally her remaining occasion earlier than retiring from the game.
The Norwegian has additionally served twice as a vice-captain, in 2017 when she was a late damage withdrawal and in 2021 as a part of Catriona Matthew’s backroom employees, with Pettersen hoping to make use of her previous experiences to assist Workforce Europe take pleasure in extra success.
“Once I’m not competing, I am rather a lot calmer and extra laidback,” Pettersen added. “I used to be much more intense as a participant and I can see how whenever you’re extra relaxed and approachable, how nicely that goes on to the gamers.
“I’m undoubtedly going to attempt to go on my adrenaline and vitality that the Solheim Cup has given me. All I can do is attempt to facilitate for them to have the ability to carry out their finest.
“I feel the Solheim Cup at all times brings the very best out of everybody and everybody appears to raise their video games. I can solely communicate for the Europeans, however all of us play our hearts out and that basically exhibits.
“That is all I can ask from the gamers, to offer their finest and actually play with their hearts. For those who do, you’ll get the very best out of what you might have.”