GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Norway's Suzann Pettersen has been handed a Solheim Cup wild card despite having played just two events since November 2017.

Pettersen will make her ninth appearance in the biennial event at Gleneagles next month. She was originally appointed one of European captain Catriona Matthew's vice-captains.

She says "I was honored to be a vice-captain but I would much rather play."

Matthew also gave wild cards to France's Celine Boutier and the English duo of Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff to complete the 12-strong team which will try to avoid a third straight defeat to the United States.

Pettersen, a two-time major winner, took time off in 2018 to have a baby and only returned to action last month, partnering Matthew in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan.

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