Sorenstam declines Solheim Cup captaincy

Annika Sorenstam

Annika Sorenstam

LONDON – Former top-ranked golfer Annika Sorenstam says she has turned down the chance to be captain for Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup against the United States.

The 41-year-old Swede says she “simply cannot provide the necessary time that the European team, Solheim family and the entire event deserves.”

Sorenstam, who retired in 2008 after amassing 72 LPGA victories, has two young children and lives with husband Mike McGee in Orlando, Fla. She played in the Solheim Cup eight times, winning 24 points in 37 matches.

Sorenstam says on her website “the Solheim Cup has been an important part of my career, and I hope to one day lead the European team.”

Europe will defend the title that it won last September when the U.S. hosts the biennial competition next year in Parker, Colo.

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