Annika Sorenstam named 2017 European Solheim Cup captain

Annika Sorenstam will captain the European Solheim Cup team next year in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Ladies European Tour unveiled the selection at the ANA Inspiration on Wednesday, a day before the start of the major championship.

Sorenstam played in the matches eight times from 1994 to 2007, helping Europe beat the United States in 2000 and 2003, and was an assistant captain in three events. The 45-year-old Swede won 72 times on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Juli Inkster is returning to captain the U.S. team after leading the Americans to a comeback victory last year in Germany. The matches are Aug. 18-20, 2017, at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.