Annika Sorenstam has twice declined the opportunity to captain the European Solheim Cup team, saying the timing has not been right with her businesses and other endeavors.
While she may not be ready for the captaincy in 2013, she is ready to help friend and countrywoman Liselotte Neumann as an assistant captain.
Sorenstam and fellow Swede Carin Koch were named Neumann’s assistants on Tuesday. For Sorenstam, it is a reprisal of the same role in the last Solheim Cup, which Europe won in dramatic fashion at Killeen Castle in Ireland.
“I’m very honored and excited to join Lotta and the European Solheim Cup team once again as a vice captain,” Sorenstam said in a release.
“Lotta has been a friend of mine for nearly 20 years and actually inspired me to follow my dreams when she broke through and won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1988. I have always respected her class and demeanor and I know she will be a great leader for Team Europe. I look forward to helping Lotta in any way possible.”
Sorenstam competed in eight Solheim Cup matches with a record of 22-11-4.
Koch sunk the winning putt in the 2000 matches at Loch Lomond in Scotland.
The 2013 matches will be held at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., from Aug. 13-18 next year. Europe has never won on foreign soil.