One-on-one: Suzann Pettersen
Suzann Pettersen is a professional on the LPGA and LET Tours and has enjoyed success on both since an early age.
Suzann Pettersen: A Bio
As an amateur, Pettersen won the British Girls Championship in 1999 and the 2000 World Amateur Championship, and won the Norwegian Amateur five consecutive years. She also represented Europe twice in the Junior Ryder Cup.
Pettersen played the Solheim Cup for the first time in 2002, a tournament that would come to be a major focus of her career and compete multiple times. At the end of the year, she made it through LPGA Q-School.
An LPGA rookie in 2003, Pettersen’s best finish was a tie for third. But she went 4-1-0 at the 2003 Solheim Cup, helping Europe to victory.
She was in a dry spell in tournaments, however. After that 2001 win in France, Pettersen didn’t win again on either the LET or (where she mostly played) LPGA until 2007. The first few seasons of her LPGA career were interrupted by injuries, including elbow surgery and back problems.
But 2007 was Pettersen’s breakout year. She claimed her first LPGA win at the Michelob Ultra Open, then won her first major at the LPGA Championship.
She wound up with five LPGA wins that year, plus one on the LET, and finished second on the LPGA money list.
There were many near misses in 2008-10 on the LPGA for Pettersen, including six seconds in 2010, but only one win. But she started winning more often in 2011, and posted multiple wins in 2011-13.
From 2007 forward, Pettersen hasn’t finished lower than 9th on the LPGA money list, and hasn’t ended a season ranked lower than sixth in the world rankings.
Also since 2007, Pettersen posted many top 10 finishes in majors, including multiple runners-up. Her second win at a major happened at the 2013 Evian Championship in that tournament’s first year with major status.
2015 was a solid year for the Norwegian with 10 top-10 finishes and prize money of almost $1million.