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Suzann Pettersen player profile

Suzann Pettersen: Player Profile

 

Who is Suzann Pettersen?

Suzann Pettersen is one of the best European golfers of the 21st Century, having won two majors and become a Solheim Cup legend.

The Norwegian was born in Oslo in 1981, who picked up the game early on and played her first tournament at the age of 6. She was a five-time Norwegian Amateur Champion, Girls Amateur Championship winner and turned professional at the age of 19.

Pettersen won her maiden Ladies European Tour title a year later, claiming the Open de France Dames title. She then had to wait until 2007 for her next victory, but she would go on to win six times that year, including her first major title. That came at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship (now the Women’s PGA Championship). 

Six years on, the Norwegian doubled her major tally, with a victory at the Evian Championship in 2013. She won by two strokes from New Zealand’s Lydia Ko. In total, Pettersen finished her career with 21 professional titles, 15 of those coming on the LPGA Tour. 

She made her Solheim Cup debut in 2002, and went on to play in nine editions of the premiere women’s team competition. Pettersen won an incredible 21 points from 36 matches, and sank the winning putt at the 2019 Solheim Cup. She was the captain for the 2023 edition of the event in Andalucia as Europe retained the trophy in the first ever 14-14 draw in the competition’s history.

Suzann Pettersen | An Overview

Personal Information

Name: Suzann Pettersen
Born: April 7, 1981
Nationality: Norway
Residence: Orlando, Florida, United States

Career

Turned Pro: 2000
Professional Wins: 21
Highest World Ranking: 2 – December 31, 2007

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
– Chevron Championship – T2/2nd (2007, 2008, 2010)
Women’s PGA ChampionshipWON (2007)
US Women’s Open – T2 (2010)
– Evian Championship – WON (2013)
AIG Women’s Open – T2 (2014)

Professional Wins – 21

2001 (1) – Open de France Dames
2007 (6) – Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, McDonald’s LPGA Championship, SAS Masters, Longs Drugs Challenge, Hana Bank-KOLON Championship, Honda LPGA Thailand
2008 (2) – Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, AIB Ladies Irish Open
2009 (1) – CN Canadian Women’s Open
2011 (3) – Sybase Match Play Championship, Ladies Irish Open, Safeway Classic
2012 (2) – LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship, Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship
2013 (5) – Mission Hills World Ladies Championship, LPGA Lotte Championship, Safeway Classic, Evian Championship, Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship
2015 (1) – Manulife LPGA Classic

Achievements and Awards

Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year – 2001
Ladies European Tour Order of Merit Winner – 2013

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Suzann Pettersen

When and where was Suzann Pettersen born?

Suzann Pettersen was born in Oslo, Norway in 1981. She took up golf from an early age, and played in her first tournament at the age of 6.

When did Suzann Pettersen turn professional?

Pettersen turned professional in 2000 after a successful amateur career in which she won the Norwegian Amateur Championship five times and represented her country in the Espirito Santo Trophy on two occasions. She won her first Ladies European Tour title a year after turning professional. 

How many major titles has Suzann Pettersen won?

Pettersen is a two-time major champion. Her first major victory came at the 2007 McDonald’s LPGA Championship (now the Women’s PGA Championship), but she had to wait six years before her second. That came at the Evian Championship in 2013. She has also finished runner-up at the other three majors. Pettersen has a total of 21 professional titles, with 15 of those coming on the LPGA Tour. 

Who is Suzann Pettersen married to?

Pettersen’s husband is Christian Ringvold. The pair got married in January 2017, with Pettersen giving birth to their first child shortly after. They now have two children together.

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Amateur Success

Pettersen was a five-time Norwegian Amateur Champion, winning in successive years from 1996 to 2000. She also won the Girls Amateur Championship in 1999. The Norwegian represented her country at the World Amateur Team Championships and the Espirito Santo Trophy in 1998 and 2000, finishing as the leading individual in her second appearance in the latter. Pettersen also represented Europe in the 1997 and 1999 Junior Ryder Cup Matches.

Perfect Retirement Party

Pettersen returned to golf after giving birth to her first child, and she was picked by Catriona Matthew for the European team at the 2019 Solheim Cup. She would soon ride off into the sunset in the perfect way though, sinking the winning putt at Gleneagles before announcing her retirement.

Solheim Cup Legend

The Norwegian can safely be described as a legend of the Solheim Cup, having played in nine editions of the competition. She made her debut in 2002 and a year later, she won all four of her pairs matches. She returned in 2019 after missing the previous edition, and the rest is history. Pettersen has 21 points from 36 matches over nine editions of the tournament.

Major Class

Along with her two major titles, Pettersen has also finished runner-up at the other three major championships. She is a three-time runner-up at the Chevron Championship, having finished either T2 or 2nd in 2007, 2008 and 2010. She also came runner-up at the US Women’s Open in the latter year, before finishing T2 at the AIG Women’s Open in 2014.

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