Annika Sorenstam has confirmed that she has submitted her name to the Ladies European Tour selection committee for consideration as Solheim Cup captain.
“I would love to be the European Solheim Cup captain and 2017 has been my goal for years,” Sorenstam said. “We officially put my name in, and we’ll see what happens.”
If Sorenstam was to be named captain it would be a mighty match up, with US captain Juli Inkster and Sorenstam both the all-time leading points scorers for their respective teams.
The match which will be played at Des Moines (Iowa) Golf & Country Club in August of 2017 looks set to be a stunner after last year's dramatic match in Germany.
Sorenstam knows the tense, emotional nature of the Solheim Cup more than anyone, having found herself amid some of the most intense and delicate showdowns in the cup’s history. Back in 2000 at Loch Lomond, Kelly Robbins and Pat Hurst forced Sorenstam to replay a chip after they called she played out of turn. The call created a furore in the European ranks that left the tough-minded Sorenstam in tears.
She was also involved in heated discussions with Inkster at last year's Solheim when she was accused of giving advice to players outside of captain's agreement as well as dealing with the backlash from the tournament's infamous “Gimmegate” controversy.