Pettersen receives a surprise European joker for the Solheim Cup

LONDON: Norway Suzann Pettersen he was given a wild place surprise place in Europe Solheim Cup Squad despite playing only two tournaments since November 2017.

Pettersen, 38, will make his ninth appearance at the biennial event after being originally named vice president of the European captain Catriona 'Beany' Matthew.

The two-time main winner, ranked 620 in the world, took time off to have a baby in 2018 and missed the cut in the two events he has played since he returned.

"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 & am very happy to be back in competition," said Pettersen who missed the 2017 Solheim Cup because of injury.

I am delighted that Beany has given me the approval that she loved me on the team. It is a great honor for me to be here and I cannot wait. This is what I love. I feel I was born for this.

Matthew also gave wild cards to France Celine Boutier and English couple Bronte Law & Jodi Ewart Shadoff .

Those teams completed the team of 12 women who will try to avoid a third successive defeat in the United States.

The eight automatic qualifiers are Anne Van Dam, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Hedwall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson & Anna Nordqvist.

That group was finalized after the Scottish Ladies Open last week.

US captain Juli Inkster will name her squad after the CP Women's Open ends on August 25.

The 16th Solheim Cup takes place from September 13-15 at Gleneagles, Scotland.

The United States have won 10 of the previous 15 editions, but Europe triumphed when the event was previously staged in Scotland in 1992 & 2000.

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