Stacy Lewis shows some fire at the 2017 Solheim Cup. Photo: David Cannon, Getty Images
This will be fun. On Wednesday, the LPGA made its much-anticipated Solheim Cup announcement, naming Stacy Lewis as the 2023 captain for Team USA. Lewis, who turns 37 next Wednesday, has played on four Solheim Cup teams and been an assistant captain twice, first for Juli Inkster in 2019 when back troubles forced her off the team at the last minute (she was replaced by Ally Ewing) and again for Pat Hurst in 2021 at Inverness Club. And while Lewis does not have a winning record as either a player or a captain, she is seen by most everyone as the perfect leader to turn the U.S. fortunes. Among active players, Lewis garners much respect.
But that’s not the reason fans are buzzing.
Last month, the Ladies European Tour picked Suzann Pettersen, hero of the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles and the athlete with arguably the greatest walk-off retirement in history, to captain Team Europe in September 2023 at Finca Cortesín, Andalusía, Spain.
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