Pettersen gets wild-card nod for Europe's Solheim Cup squad
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Despite playing only two tournaments in the past 21 months, Norway's Suzann Pettersen received a surprising wild card slot on Europe's Solheim Cup team.
The 38-year-old will make her ninth appearance in the biennial event against the United States squad from Sept. 13-15 at Gleneagles, Scotland.
Pettersen, originally named as one of European captain Catriona Matthew's vice-captains, ranks 620th in the world after taking time off to have a baby in 2018.
"It's been a different role for me the last two years. My life has changed a lot, for the better, but I've missed golf and am very happy to be back in competition," said Pettersen, a two-time major winner who missed the 2017 Solheim Cup because of a back injury.
"It's a massive honor for me to be here and I can't wait," Pettersen said. "This is what I love. I feel like I was born for this."
Matthew also awarded wild cards to Celine Boutier of France and England's Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.
U.S. captain Juli Inkster is expected to name her 12-woman squad after the CP Women's Open concludes on Aug. 25.
The U.S. has won two straight and 10 of the last 15 competitions, although Europe triumphed in previous events in Scotland in 1992 and 2000.