Suzann Pettersen (born 7 April 1981) is a retired Norwegian professional golfer. She played mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour, and was also a member of the Ladies European Tour. Her career best world ranking was second and she held that position several times, most recently from August 2011 until February 2012. She retired on 15 September 2019 after holing the winning putt for the European team at the 2019 Solheim Cup, notwithstanding that she had been away from golf for almost 20 months on maternity leave prior to the event.
Pettersen at the 2009 LPGA Championship
|Full name||Suzann Pettersen|
|Born||7 April 1981|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|Spouse||Christian Fredrik Ringvold|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2003)|
Ladies European Tour (joined 2001)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||7|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T2/2nd: 2007, 2008, 2010|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 2007|
|U.S. Women's Open||T2: 2010|
|Women's British Open||T2: 2014|
|Evian Championship||Won: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|Ladies European Tour|
Rookie of the Year
|Ladies European Tour|
Order of Merit
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional wins (22)
- 4 Major championships
- 5 LPGA Tour career summary
- 6 LET career summary
- 7 World ranking
- 8 Team appearances
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Pettersen was born in Oslo, Norway. Both her parents, Axel and Mona, participated in sports. She has two brothers, Stefan and Gunerius. Suzann Pettersen is a distant relative of merchant Gunerius Pettersen (1826–1892).
As an amateur, she was a five-time Norwegian Amateur Champion (1996–2000), and won the Girls Amateur Championship in 1999. She represented Norway in the world amateur team championship for women, the Espirito Santo Trophy in 1998 and 2000, finishing as the leading individual in her second appearance. She also represented Europe in the 1997 and 1999 Junior Ryder Cup Matches.
Pettersen turned professional in September 2000 at age 19 and gained her Ladies European Tour card with an 11th-place finish at the 2001 LET Qualifying School. In her 2001 rookie season, she played in ten events without missing a cut. In her second start as a professional, Pettersen won the Open de France Dames in a playoff over Becky Morgan. She finished second on the Order of Merit and was named LET Rookie of the Year.
Pettersen started 2002 with a playoff loss to Karrie Webb in the AAMI Australian Women’s Open, and two more top ten finishes led to her winning a place on the European team for the 2002 Solheim Cup. In the singles, Pettersen was five down with five to play and ended up with a tie against Michele Redman. She tied for 10th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2003 LPGA season.
In 2003 Pettersen played in five events on the LET, missing no cuts and finished runner-up to Sophie Gustafson at the HP Open. She played a full rookie season on the LPGA, with her best finish a third place at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. She was a captain's pick for the 2003 Solheim Cup and recorded a 4–1–0 record as a member of the victorious European Team.
In 2004 Pettersen played in just four events on the LET, with a best finish of T9 at the Evian Masters. On the LPGA, she began her season late after recuperating from elbow surgery. She recorded four top-10 finishes including a season-best tie for fifth at the State Farm Classic.
In 2005 Pettersen played in only three events on the LET and nine events on the LPGA because of a debilitating back injury. When she returned, her best LPGA finish was a sixth at the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic, and she finished tied for second at the Ladies Finnish Masters on the LET. She registered a 2–0–2 record as a captain’s pick on the European Solheim Cup Team, and played for the International team at the inaugural Lexus Cup.
In 2006 Pettersen played five times on the LET, recording two top ten finishes, including a third place at the Scandinavian TPC. On the LPGA Tour she had three top ten finishes, with a season's best finish fifth at the Florida's Natural Charity Championship.
At the start of 2007, Pettersen was selected to represent Norway at the Women's World Cup of Golf but withdrew due to illness before the event started. At the Safeway International she recorded her then-best finish on the LPGA Tour, second place, two strokes behind Lorena Ochoa. A late collapse at the Kraft Nabisco saw her equal that finish, her second best at a major. Pettersen became the first Norwegian LPGA winner at the 2007 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, beating Jee Young Lee in a playoff. Pettersen followed up this win by capturing the second major championship of 2007, the LPGA Championship, by one stroke over Karrie Webb, which moved her up to fourth in the Women's World Golf Rankings. On the Ladies European Tour she won the SAS Masters in her native Norway. In October at the Longs Drugs Challenge she won her third LPGA victory, beating Lorena Ochoa in a playoff and then claimed wins number four and five in Korea and Thailand. On 31 December 2007, Pettersen reached the number two position in the Women's World Golf Rankings, surpassing Karrie Webb and Annika Sörenstam, trailing only Lorena Ochoa.
In January 2008 Pettersen signed a multi-year agreement with Nike Golf to represent Nike in clubs, balls, footwear, glove and bag. Her first win of 2008 came at the rain-shortened Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open.
In September 2009, Pettersen won her sixth LPGA Tour event and first in two years at the CN Canadian Women's Open at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta. Pettersen won the event by five strokes over Karrie Webb, Momoko Ueda, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato and Angela Stanford.
Pettersen was a runner-up six times on the LPGA Tour in 2010, but did not record a victory.
Pettersen broke her 20-month victory drought in May, when she captured the Sybase Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in New Jersey. Playing in cool, rainy conditions, she won all six of her 18-hole matches over four days, and defeated, among others, then-world number one Yani Tseng in the quarter-finals, and Cristie Kerr in the finals. In early August, she won the Ladies Irish Open on the LET with a 198 (-18), six shots clear of the field. It was Pettersen's first victory on the LET in 3 years, her last was the same tournament in 2008, played at Portmarnock Links. In her next start two weeks later, Pettersen won again on the LPGA Tour at the Safeway Classic in Oregon. She came from nine shots back at the start of the final round and shot a 64 (-7) to force a playoff against second round leader Na Yeon Choi. Pettersen won on the first extra hole with a par after Choi put her approach shot in the water to double bogey. The victory moved her world ranking up to #2, ahead of Cristie Kerr and behind only Yani Tseng.
In March Pettersen won the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship. In April, she won the LPGA Lotte Championship. In September, she won the Safeway Classic, then The Evian Championship. In October, she won her fourth event of the LPGA Tour season when she captured the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Pettersen was picked for the 2019 Solheim Cup European team by captain Catriona Matthew, who was criticized for choosing a player who had been away from golf for nearly two years on maternity leave. Pettersen had played only two events before Matthew chose her and missed the cut in both. At the time, Pettersen was ranked 620th in the world. That pick proved to be astute, as, on 15 September 2019, Pettersen holed her birdie putt on the 18th in her singles match at Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course to defeat Marina Alex, 1 up, to win the Solheim Cup for Europe.
Almost immediately after making the putt, the 38-year-old Pettersen announced that she'd no longer play professional golf. "I think this is a perfect closure," Pettersen said. "A nice 'the end' for [my] professional career. It doesn't get any better." Pettersen retired having won 15 times on the LPGA Tour, including two majors: the 2007 Women's PGA Championship and the 2013 Evian Championship. "Life's changed so much for me over the last year," Pettersen said. "He's [son Herman] obviously the biggest thing that's ever happened for me. But now I know what it feels like to win as a mom. I'm going to leave it like that."
Professional wins (22)Edit
Ladies European Tour wins (7)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||7 Jun 2001||Open de France Dames||71-70-70-69=280||−8||Playoff||Becky Morgan||24,450|
|2||26 Aug 2007||SAS Masters||64-72-68=204||−12||9 strokes||Nikki Garrett||30,000|
|3||25 May 2008||Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open||67-63-64=194||−22||6 strokes||Amy Yang||78,750|
|4||13 Jul 2008||AIB Ladies Irish Open||69-69-67=205||−11||5 strokes||Marianne Skarpnord||65,000|
|5||7 Aug 2011||Ladies Irish Open||71-63-64=198||−18||6 strokes||Azahara Muñoz||60,000|
|6||10 Mar 2013||Mission Hills World Ladies Championship||70-67-67-66=270||−18||1 stroke||Inbee Park||57,560|
|7||15 Sep 2013||The Evian Championship||66-69-68=203||−10||2 strokes||Lydia Ko||366,393|
LPGA Tour wins (15)Edit
|Major championships (2)|
|Other LPGA Tour (13)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||13 May 2007||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill||66-72-68-68=274||−10||Playoff||Jee Young Lee||330,000|
|2||10 Jun 2007||McDonald's LPGA Championship||69-67-71-67=274||−14||1 stroke||Karrie Webb||300,000|
|3||7 Oct 2007||Longs Drugs Challenge||75-65-64-73=277||−11||Playoff||Lorena Ochoa||165,000|
|4||21 Oct 2007||Hana Bank-KOLON Championship||69-72=141||−3||1 stroke||Eun-Hee Ji||225,000|
|5||28 Oct 2007||Honda LPGA Thailand||65-68-63-71=267||−21||1 stroke||Laura Davies||195,000|
|6||6 Sep 2009||CN Canadian Women's Open||65-68-66-70=269||−15||5 strokes|| Ai Miyazato
|7||22 May 2011||Sybase Match Play Championship||1 up||Cristie Kerr||375,000|
|8||21 Aug 2011||Safeway Classic||69-74-64=207||−6||Playoff||Na Yeon Choi||225,000|
|9||21 Oct 2012||LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship||63-68-74=205||−11||Playoff||Catriona Matthew||270,000|
|10||28 Oct 2012||Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship||69-65-66-69=269||−19||3 strokes||Inbee Park||300,000|
|11||20 Apr 2013||LPGA Lotte Championship||65-69-68-67=269||−19||Playoff||Lizette Salas||255,000|
|12||1 Sep 2013||Safeway Classic||68-63-70-67=268||−20||2 strokes||Stacy Lewis||195,000|
|13||15 Sep 2013||The Evian Championship||66-69-68=203||−10||2 strokes||Lydia Ko||487,500|
|14||27 Oct 2013||Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship||68-69-73-69=279||−9||5 strokes||Azahara Muñoz||300,000|
|15||7 Jun 2015||Manulife LPGA Classic||66-65-66-69=266||−22||1 stroke||Brittany Lang||225,000|
LPGA Tour playoff record (5–3)
|1||2007||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill||Jee Young Lee||Won with par on third extra hole|
|2||2007||Longs Drugs Challenge||Lorena Ochoa||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||2009||Safeway Classic|| M. J. Hur
|Hur won with birdie on second extra hole|
Redman eliminated with par on first hole
|4||2010||Bell Micro LPGA Classic|| Brittany Lincicome
Se Ri Pak
|Pak won with birdie on third extra hole|
Pettersen eliminated with par on second hole
|5||2011||Safeway Classic||Na Yeon Choi||Won with par on first extra hole|
|6||2012||LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship||Catriona Matthew||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|7||2013||LPGA Lotte Championship||Lizette Salas||Won with par on first extra hole|
|8||2013||Kingsmill Championship||Cristie Kerr||Lost to par on second extra hole|
Other wins (1)Edit
|2007||McDonald's LPGA Championship||−14 (66-67-71-67=271)||1 stroke||Karrie Webb||300,000|
|2013||The Evian Championship||−10 (66-69-68=203)||2 strokes||Lydia Ko||487,500|
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
|Women's PGA Championship||T11||CUT||T49||T20||1||T34||WD||T11|
|U.S. Women's Open||T10||T16||T52||T28||CUT||T13||T6||T2|
|Women's British Open||32||24||CUT||CUT||CUT||T28||T24||CUT||T14|
|Women's PGA Championship||T3||T2||T3||T6||T7||T12||T25|
|U.S. Women's Open||T15||T9||CUT||CUT||CUT||T21||T56|
|Women's British Open||T37||CUT||T4||T2||5||CUT||CUT|
|The Evian Championship ^||1||6||T34||T55||T40|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
T = tied
|Women's PGA Championship||1||1||2||4||6||11||15||13|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||1||0||1||4||8||15||11|
|Women's British Open||0||1||0||3||3||6||16||9|
|The Evian Championship||1||0||0||1||2||2||5||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (2010 Kraft Nabisco – 2012 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (2014 British – 2015 WPC)
LPGA Tour career summaryEdit
- Official through 15 September 2019
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
LET career summaryEdit
- Career LET earnings are €1,209,331 (through 2012), includes LPGA co-sanctioned events
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Norway): 1998, 2000
- Junior Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1997, 1999 (winners)
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (winners), 2013 (winners), 2015, 2017 (injured, did not play), 2019 (winners)
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2005 (winners), 2007, 2008 (winners)
Solheim Cup recordEdit
|2002||3||1–1–1||0–0–1 halved with M. Redman||1–1–0 won w/ H. Alfredsson 4&2,
lost w/ H. Alfredsson 3&1
|2003||5||4–1–0||0–1–0 lost to C. Kerr 1 dn||2–0–0 won w/ A. Sörenstam 4&3,
won w/ S. Gustafson 3&1
|2–0–0 won w/ P. Meunier-Lebouc 3&2,
won w/ A. Sörenstam 1 up
|2005||4||2–0–2||0–0–1 halved w/ R. Jones||1–0–0 won w/ A. Sörenstam 1 up,||1–0–1 won w/ L. Davies 4&3,
halved w/ S. Gustafson
|2007||4||1–1–2||0–1–0 lost to S. Prammanasudh 2 up||0–0–2 halved w/ S. Gustafson,
halved w/ S. Gustafson
|1–0–0 won w/ A. Sörenstam 3&2||2.0||50.0|
|2009||5||1–4–0||0–1–0 lost to P. Creamer 3&2||0–2–0 lost w/ S. Gustafson 4&2,
lost w/ H. Alfredsson 2 dn
|1–1–0 lost w/ S. Gustafson 1 dn,
won w/ A. Nordqvist 1 up
|2011||4||3–1–0||1–0–0 defeated M. Wie 1 up||1–0–0 won w/ S. Gustafson 1 up||1–1–0 won w/ A. Nordqvist 2 up,
lost w/ C. Hedwall 1 dn
|2013||4||2–1–1||0–0–1 halved with L. Salas||1–1–0 won w/ B. Recari 2&1
lost w/ B. Recari 2&1
|1–0–0 won w/ C. Ciganda 1 up||2.5||62.5|
|2015||4||2–2–0||0–1–0 lost to A. Stanford 2&1||1–1–0 lost w/ A. Nordqvist 3&2,
won w/ C. Hull 1 up
|1–0–0 won w/ C. Hull 2 up||2.0||50.0|
|2019||3||2–1–0||1–0–0 def. M. Alex 1 up||1–1–0 won w/ A. van Dam 4&2,
lost w/ A. van Dam 1 dn
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