Suzann Pettersen handed Solheim Cup wild card spot

By Phil Casey, PA Golf Correspondent
PA Media: Sport

Norwayโ€™s Suzann Pettersen has been handed a Solheim Cup wild card, despite having played just two events since November 2017.

The 38-year-old will make her ninth appearance in the biennial event at Gleneagles next month, having originally been appointed one of European captain Catriona Matthewโ€™s vice-captains.

The two-time major winner took time off in 2018 to have a baby and only returned to action last month, partnering Matthew in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan, where the pair missed the cut.

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Matthew also gave wild cards to Franceโ€™s Celine Boutier and the English duo of Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff to complete the 12-strong team which will try to avoid a third straight defeat to the United States.

The eight automatic qualifiers โ€“ Anne Van Dam, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Hedwall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson and Anna Nordqvist โ€“ were finalised after last weekโ€™s ASI Ladies Scottish Open.

Pettersen said: โ€œI was honoured to be a vice-captain but I would much rather play.

โ€œItโ€™s been a different role for me the last two years. My life has changed a lot, for the better, but Iโ€™ve missed golf and am very happy to be back in competition.

โ€œIโ€™m delighted I got the thumbs up from Beany (Matthew) that she wanted me on the team. Itโ€™s a massive honour for me to be here and I canโ€™t wait, this is what I love. I feel like I was born for this.โ€

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