Every week throughout 2012, we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life -- both on the course and off of it. Keep coming back each day to learn more about Suzann Pettersen.
Finding Strength In Adversity
Suzann Pettersen is no stranger to facing setbacks in her career, but even more so, overcoming them with unwavering success.
The Oslo, Norway native earned her LPGA Tour card after tying for 10th at the 2002 Final Qualifying Tournament. After just one year on the Tour and four top-10 finishes, Pettersen missed five events at the start of the 2004 season following surgery on her elbow. However, a quick recovery led Pettersen to four top-10 finishes, including a tie for fifth at the State Farm Classic to end the season.
Her hopes of returning to the course and continuing the success she found after the preceding season were diminished after collapsing during the off season and suffering a career-threatening ruptured disk in her back. Pettersen was sidelined for eight months.
“Did I think I would golf again? Maybe not,” said Pettersen. “When you can’t walk, golf is the last thing you think about. But at the same time things that don’t kill you, you get stronger from. I believe in that and I think there’s a reason for everything.” More >>