"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 firsthand the incredible amount of work and dedication it takes to be the Captain. 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."
Sorenstam (left) is embraced by two-time European Solheim Cup captain Alison Nicholas at Killeen Castle in Ireland after their team wins the 2011 matches. (Photo by Getty Images)
Sorenstam, who holds the winningest Solheim Cup record in history (22-11-4) and retired from professional golf in 2009, was a shoe-in for the job, especially after her role in bringing the European team to victory as an assistant captain at Killeen Castle in 2011. Her decision has likely left the LET scrambling; the LPGA announced last month that the 2013 U.S. team captain will be Meg Mallon.
Morning Drive co-host Erik Kuselias asked Sorenstam how much the pending decision on designers for the 2016 Olympic golf course in Brazil played into her choice (Sorenstam and Jack Nicklaus have offered their joint services). "I can't commit to anything until I know what will happen in Rio. With the [Olympic] decision being [pushed back] I didn't want [the Solheim Cup committee] to wait on me."