Sorenstam to lead Europe at Solheim Cup


Annika Sorenstam hopes to inspire Europe to reclaim the Solheim Cup after being named captain for the 2017 event in Iowa.

One of golf's most successful women will take the top job for Europe after being vice-captain in the last three contests, winning two.

However, United States claimed the title in 2015 so Sorenstam is tasked with leading Europe to their third title in four editions when the competition begins at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in August 2017.

Sorenstam - who won 89 tournaments and 10 majors during her illustrious career - threw her hat into the ring to become captain earlier this month, and was the unanimous choice for Europe's selection panel.

"I cannot tell you how excited I am," Sorenstam told a news conference. "I have hoped and dreamed this opportunity would come along.

"If I look back at my career, the Solheim Cup has always been an important part of it. We play as individuals for 99 per cent of the time but when we do get together it's something special.

"A lot of the memories from my career go back to the Solheim Cup so when I stopped playing I was hoping I could continue to be involved, and getting the chance to be a vice-captain was really eye-opening.

"I thought 'one day, when I am ready' I would love to get this opportunity, and I thought by 2017 I would be ready. I had support from the tour and this is going to be a lot of fun - I'm looking forward to getting to work and engaging with the players.

"It's all about building memories and I think that is our goal."