Suzann Pettersen has insisted she will justify the contentious decision to award her a captain’s pick for this week’s Solheim Cup.
Pettersen has been the surprise title one of Catriona Matthew’s four collections for the competition at Gleneagles, with the veteran having played just two tournaments in two decades while taking a break in the game due to the birth of her child.
Nevertheless, the 38-year-old, that was initially named as one of Matthew’s vice-captains, announced her match was in”great shape” as she prepares to make her ninth look in the Solheim Cup.
“If this potential pick came up, I was very frank with the entire captain’s team,” said Pettersen, who’s fighting a throat disease. “It was a little bit hard because I was sort of a part of it too, being a vice-captain.
“However, I feel as though I’ve been really frank in where I felt my game was at the time and when it was likely to be good enough on a point like this.
“But I feel blessed to have been picked and I have not really thought more about that. My golf game is in fantastic shape, and now being it feels like I never left the game, which is sort of pleasant.
“I really don’t know whether it’s the air, the energy or everything that Solheim is all about that consistently kind of brings out the best of all people. The group setting has become the best, I think, I’ve been part of.
“It’s fun to be around these new youngsters that are so lively and really great golfers. It’s interesting to see. And it is a ton better playing than being a vice-captain, a whole good deal less nerve-racking being in command within the ropes.”
Pettersen has been determined that Europe wouldn’t be taking the opposition lightly and also played down the significance of the American group.
“I don’t think they’re rookies on both of these teams, they are all terrific golfers,” she added. “They’ve all sort of established they belong to every team.
“I do remember myself being a beginner back in 2002. That is a part of the game, although it was stressful, yes. But I suggest, they’re like anybody else. I simply think the rookie tag type of gets overused a small bit.”