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Sorenstam turns down Solheim Captaincy

Former top-ranked golfer Annika Sorenstam says she's turned down the chance to be captain for Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup against the United States.

“The Solheim Cup has been an important part of my career and I hope to one day lead the European team,” the Swede said yesterday.

“After working with captain Alison Nicholas [of Britain] and her team this past year as vice-captain I saw first-hand the incredible amount of work and dedication it takes to be the captain.

"With my young family, foundation, businesses and other commitments I have already made to try and help grow the game, I simply cannot provide the necessary time,” added Sorenstam.

Sorenstam, who retired in 2008, has two young children.

The 41-year-old, winner of 10 major championships and regarded as one of the greatest female golfers of all time, amassed 89 worldwide victories before retiring in 2008.

She also played in eight Solheim Cups.

Europe will defend the title it won last September when the U.S. hosts the biennial competition next year in Parker, Colo.

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