Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - While making her weekly appearance on Golf
Channel's "Morning Drive," Annika Sorenstam announced she would not accept an
offer to be the European Solheim Cup captain in 2013.
"I've given it some thought. I went back to the (Ladies European) tour and
told them that I appreciate the offer, but that I had passed," she stated.
"It's in somebody else's court. I'm just not ready for this big commitment at
Sorenstam, along with raising two young children and running her golf academy,
placed a bid to design the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympic committee recently delayed the announcement of who will design the
"I can't commit to anything until I know what will happen in Rio," Sorenstam
explained. "With the decision being pushed back, I didn't want the Solheim
committee to wait on me."
Sorenstam, an eight-time European Solheim Cup performer, owns team records for
points (24) and most wins (22). She also played in the second-most matches
The native of Sweden also said that she would not serve as an assistant
captain like she did in 2011. Sorenstam stated on the show that she did offer
a few names for consideration for the committee.
"The Solheim Cup has been an important part of my career, and I hope to one
day lead the European team. However, after working with captain Alison
Nicholas and her team this past year as vice captain, I saw first-hand the
incredible amount of work and dedication it takes to be the captain,"
Sorenstam later said on her web site.
"With my young family, foundation, businesses, and other commitments I have
already made to try and help grow the game, I simply cannot provide the
necessary time that the European team, Solheim family, and the entire event
deserves. This certainly was not an easy decision to make, as the Solheim Cup
will always be very special to me."
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