Pettersen handed Solheim Cup wild card

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Published 10:49 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2019 | Updated 11:47 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2019

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GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Norway’s Suzann Pettersen was given a Solheim Cup wild card Monday despite having played just two tournaments since November 2017.

Pettersen will make her ninth appearance in the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles next month. She was originally appointed one of European captain Catriona Matthew’s vice-captains.

“I was honored to be a vice-captain but I would much rather play,” the 38-year-old Pettersen said.

Matthew also gave wild cards to France’s Celine Boutier and English pair Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff to complete the 12-strong team which will try to avoid a third straight defeat to the United States.

The Americans have dominated the Solheim Cup, winning 10 out of 15 editions, but Europe has won both times the event has been staged in Scotland, at Dalmahoy in 1992 and Loch Lomond in 2000.

Pettersen, a two-time major winner, took time off in 2018 to have a baby. She only returned to action last month, partnering Matthew in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan where they missed the cut.

“It’s been a…

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