Annika Sorenstam set to get Solheim nod

2016 03 Annika Sorenstam
• Sorenstam tipped for Solheim captaincy
• Swede to be unveiled this evening in California
• Will become sixth Swede to captain Europe


ANNIKA SORENSTAM | SOLHEIM CUP

Annika Sorenstam is widely expected to be named today as the European captain for the 2017 Solheim Cup match.


The Swede, who won ten major championships before retiring in 2008, is tipped to be named by the Ladies European Tour as the successor to her compatriot Carin Koch at an announcement in California this evening.

Sorenstam, 45, played in eight consecutive Solheim Cups between 1994 and 2007, winning 22 of her 37 matches. No other European has won more Solheim matches. Dame Laura Davies has the same tally but has played nine more matches.

Sorenstam will also become the sixth Swede to be captain, following Pia Nilsson, Catrin Nilsmark, Helen Alfredsson, Liselotte Neumann and Koch.

The Solheim Cup 2007 - Day 3

She admitted last month that she had notified the LET of her interest in the 2017 captaincy, having previously turned down an invitation to lead the team. She reportedly declined an offer to succeed Alison Nicholas following the 2011 match in Ireland, citing a young family, business interests and other commitments competing for her time. Neumann subsequently got the nod for the 2013 contest in Colorado.

“The Solheim Cup has been an important part of my career,” said Sorenstam at the time. “I hope to one day lead the European team.” If the reports are accurate, it appears as though she’s going to get her wish later today.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, meanwhile, is heavily fancied to follow Sorenstam in the role in time for the match coming to Gleneagles in 2019. The former RICOH Women’s British Open champion reiterated her interest in the role at the recent Scottish Golf Awards where she received a Lifetime Achievement award.

Watch Annika Sorenstam get the captaincy


You can watch live coverage of today’s Solheim Cup announcement, where Annika Sorenstam is hotly tipped to be named Europe’s new captain, here from 7pm.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO FLUSH YOUR IRONS | with Ewen Ferguson
Ewen Ferguson
play button
DO THE TAYLORMADE P790 IRONS LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
TaylorMade
play button
I TAKE ON THE BEST AMATEUR GOLFER IN SCOTLAND
angus carrick
play button
WHO WOULD USE THIS GOLF CLUB? | TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver review
TaylorMade
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

THE BUNKERED GOLF PODCAST
Rory McIlroy secures landmark 20th PGA Tour title
Former PGA Tour pro has leg amputated
PXG boss offers staff cash bonus to get COVID vaccine
Women's golf is "neglected" says Gary Player

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
A more upright posture for more consistency
Watch
play button
Let your arms and shoulders work together
Watch
play button
Transitioning your weight
Watch
play button
How to improve your ball flight
Callaway
See all videos right arrow