Pettersen ready to battle for last-minute Solheim spot
Suzann Pettersen is making a last-minute bid for a spot in the European Solheim Cup team in just her second start after a 20-month maternity break.
This week’s Aberdeen Assets Management Ladies Scottish Open is the Norwegian's final chance to make the team. She will be hoping to turn her fortunes around after missing the cut at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational team event last month.
Pettersen, 38, boasts an impressive resume including two major championships and 15 LPGA titles as well as eight previous Solheim Cup appearances. The new mother is already one of the European team vice-captains and hopes to build on her 19 Solheim Cup points should she be chosen as one of the captain’s picks.
Also vying for a position are England’s Bronte Law, Jodi Ewart Shadroff and Mel Reid as well as France’s Celine Boutier and Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg.
Captain Catriona “Beany” Matthew has four captain’s pick slots to fill but Pettersen is aware that her role as vice-captain does not guarantee her one of these.
“I’ve told Beany I would love to, but I also need to show some signs of good form,” she said.
The current line-up, should it be based on LET and World rankings, is as follows:
Anne van Dam (Netherlands)
Caroline Hedwall (Sweden)
Charley Hull (England)
Carlota Ciganda (Spain)
Georgia Hall (England)
Azhara Munoz (Spain)
Caroline Masson (Germany)
Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)
Pettersen is grouped with van Dam and Boutier for the first two rounds in Aberdeen this week which will give Matthews some idea of her form ahead of selection.