Pettersen hoping repeat can salvage tough major year


Suzann Pettersen has won two LPGA majors (2013 Evian; 2007 LPGA Championship). (Getty)

Suzann Pettersen will be looking to punctuate a challenging major championship season with something to savor again.

Pettersen won the Evian Championship’s debut as a major last year, and now she’s looking for the good mojo to help her win again this year and trump some mixed memories of this year’s majors.

Pettersen missed the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, with a back injury. She played the U.S. Women’s Open still feeling discomfort, but then she rallied at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, tying for second, and then tying for sixth at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She was in position to win on Sunday at the Women’s British and LPGA Championship but watched Mo Martin and Inbee Park take those titles, respectively.

“Hopefully this is not going to continue,” Pettersen told reporters in France on Wednesday at her pre-championship news conference. “I'm going to try and put an end to it right here and right now.”

Pettersen has played in the final Sunday pairing of the last two majors. She was a shot behind Park at the Women’s British and ended up needing an eagle at the final hole to tie Martin and force a playoff. She also was a shot behind going into the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship but faded with a 76.

“Yeah, I've definitely played some really good golf the last month,” Pettersen said. “Unfortunately, haven't been able to kind of take it all the way, but I've been there every Sunday, even though I kind of haven't played the best that day. I think that's the better problem to have than not playing good at all.”