Ready, set, no? Annika unsure about captaincy


DUNSANY, Ireland – Annika Sorenstam will be asked to be the European Solheim Cup captain someday. But she hasn’t been asked yet. And she isn’t sure she’s ready to do it.

“I don’t know,” Sorenstam said Tuesday aside the 18th green during team pictures at Killeen Castle, where she’s serving as a European vice captain for Alison Nicholas. “Nobody’s said anything, I haven’t been asked.

“I do enjoy this role, but I can tell you it’s a lot more work than I thought it would be. Alison has worked so hard, and right now I don’t have the time to commit to do the same quality job that she is doing.”

But, someday, Sorenstam (pictured above with captain Nicholas (C) and fellow vice captain Joanne Morley (L)) has to captain the Europeans, right?

“Maybe,” she said. “It’s an honor, and I would love to do it, but, first of all, do they want me? And is the timing right?”

Sorenstam, 40, is the leading point winner in Solheim Cup history with 24 points. Laura Davies, who has a chance to pass her this week, has 23 ½. Sorenstam's family and business interests are priorities today.

If Sorenstam isn’t the European captain in waiting, who would be? Sorenstam said she thinks fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann, 46, would be in line before her. Davies, 47, is another possibility, though Davies has insisted she doesn’t want the job.

Sorenstam’s role this week includes lots of strategizing with Nicholas over captain’s picks and how to set up the course.