Born: April 7, 1981
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Turned Pro: 2000
The child of athletic parents, Suzann Pettersen was an accomplished amateur golfer winning five straight Norwegian Amateur Championships between 1996 and 2000.
Pettersen turned professional in the fall of 2000 and earned her Ladies European Tour card in her first try, placing 11th at the year-end qualifying school. Suzann played a limited schedule in her rookie 2001 season. She made the most of her time however, making the cut in all 10 tournaments she competed in and winning in just her 2nd career start – the 2001 Open de France Dames. She finished 2nd on the year-end money list and was selected Rookie of the Year.
Pettersen recorded three quick top tens in Europe early in the 2002 season and represented Europe in the Solheim Cup. At the end of the year, she made the transition to America and finished 10th at LPGA Qualifying School, earning her tour card for the 2003 season.
From 2003-2006, Pettersen played only a handful of events in Europe while she concentrated on the LPGA Tour. A series of nagging injuries also hampered her progress during this period.
In 2007, Pettersen broke through becoming the first Norwegian to win on the LPGA Tour, capturing the event at Kingsmill in a playoff over Jee Young Lee. Her hot play continued and she won her second event, and first Women’s Major, at the LPGA Championship by a single stroke over Karrie Webb. Pettersen would win later that year in Europe, Korea and Thailand and end the year #2 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
In 2008, Pettersen secured a major equipment and apparel endorsement contract with Nike. After some time away from the winner’s circle, Pettersen would win twice on the LPGA in 2011 and 2012 and three times in 2013, including the Evian Championship, her second Major title.
Pettersen captured her 15th LPGA Tour win in June 2015, defeating Brittany Lange by a shot at the Manulife LPGA Classic.