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Pettersen likes chances of European Win with 2011 Team

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Playing on her sixth Solheim Cup Team, Suzann Pettersen is ready for another European Team win and thinks this year’s team is the one to make that happen.

Q. Can you beat this American team?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I think this is the best European team I’ve been a part of. I think overall we have a very consistent team. I think you look at our rookies, I don’t look at them as rookies. They’ve all been out on the main Tours and done well and they’ve all won. So I think this is the strongest team I’ve ever been a part of.

We have a great captaincy and two really good vice captains, so I think we’re in pretty good shape.

Q. Is that a yes?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yes, we can beat them.

Q. How significant do you think it is, Suzann, in the overall context of the future of the Solheim Cup and Europe’s part, the part that Europe plays in it, that Europe wins now and that we don’t go ten years without a European win? Do you think it’s important for the relevance of the event itself that Europe do this?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: That’s a good question. I don’t really think it matters, because all the Solheims that I’ve been a part of ‑‑ I’ve played six, and we won once of my six. But I must say every year it feels like it’s so close. It really comes down to Sunday’s single matches.

Even though the final numbers might look like it was a walk in the park for the Americans, it usually comes down to certain matches and once the final putt has dropped, the points keep counting.

So I would say every single one has been good, close calls for each team to have a chance to win. I think we need to play really well Friday and Saturday, and I think we’ve all got to go out on Sunday and just find something because we need to play good on Sunday to get this trophy back.

Q. How do you feel about your own game right now? How did you feel yesterday when you were out playing?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I feel great. I can’t wait to start on Friday. It’s kind of hard to sit around and just wait. That’s almost the hardest thing throughout this week. There are a lot of duties that you have to, do and then you’re trying to squeeze in whatever practice.

With experience, you know there is not going to be too much practice, so I tried to do as much as I could leading up to this. So I feel very good, very relaxed and just really trying to enjoy myself and get the crowd going.

Q. How important do you think the reaction of the crowd will be?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: To be on one’s home soil, I think you get the crowds going on your side. You have the crowds as your 15th club in the bag. We need to get them going.

I know there are going to be quite a few Americans here I’ve heard. There aren’t too many, but I think we’ll be able to quiet them, I think.

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