|Suzann Pettersen on the 18th green at Evian last year|
Suzann Pettersen heads back to the site of her second major championship this week as defending champion and has been playing very solid golf as of late. Pettersen, ranked No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings, has recorded ﬁve top-10 ﬁnishes in her last six starts but has struggled closing out tournaments. The Norwegian was tied for the lead after three rounds in her last event at the Portland Classic and shot a 76 on Sunday to ﬁnish ﬁve shots out of a playoﬀ. At the Tour’s last major, the Wegmans LPGA Championship, Pettersen was just one shot oﬀ the lead heading into Sunday but shot a 76 in the ﬁnal round to ﬁnish six shots out of a playoﬀ. The 20-time tournament winner hasn’t shown oﬀ her killer instincts in majors yet this season. After missing the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April due to a back injury, Pettersen missed the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open (78-74), stumbled in the ﬁnal round of the RICOH Women’s British Open with a closing 75 to ﬁnish runner-up and ended in a tie for sixth at Wegmans. Her 75.5 scoring average in her last two ﬁnal rounds at majors will be plenty of motivation for Pettersen to ﬁnish strong this week. She’s fresh oﬀ a week spent in Norway where she hosted her third-annual Suzann Pro Challenge which beneﬁts the charitable organisation Right to Play.