Stacy Lewis named Team USA’s 2023 Solheim Cup captain

Stacy Lewis celebrates Team USA's victory at the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Stacy Lewis has been named captain of the 2023 USA Solheim Cup Team. The two-time major champion will lead a group of 12 American women’s golfers as Team USA seeks redemption against Team Europe, who defeated the U.S. 15-13 in September to win the 2021 Solheim Cup.

The 2023 event will take place at Finca Cortesin in Spain from Sept. 22-24.

“To be named captain for the USA Solheim Cup Team is an incredible honor and I’m beyond grateful to the Committee for choosing me,” Lewis said this week. “I have so many amazing memories from my years on the team and the two opportunities I’ve had to work alongside the team. I absolutely love the Solheim Cup, and I want 2023 to be as great an experience for my team as my years wearing Red, White and Blue have been for me.”

Lewis has earned 13 victories on the LPGA Tour, including the 2011 Chevron Championship and the 2013 AIG Women’s Open. The American golfer has also spent 25 weeks as the world No. 1 and was named the 2012 and 2014 Rolex LPGA Player of the Year.

The 36-year-old has represented the U.S. as a member of the 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 Solheim Cup Teams, and in 2019 acted as an unofficial assistant captain under Juli Inkster after withdrawing from the event due to injury. In 2021, she officially took on the role of assistant under captain Pat Hurst.

Lewis says she will reflect on those experiences as an assistant as she molds her own leadership style.

“I want to create a really positive, fun environment where the girls can be successful,” she said. “That’s trying to figure out how to make the practice schedules a little bit more accommodating, build in some more free time in the week, which I don’t know if that’s possible, but just being a little bit more accommodating to all the different personalities … Juli kind of started that with the pods and the personality test and that kind of stuff, and she certainly got us on a good path there.”

At 38 years and 7 months old when the tournament begins next year, Lewis will be the youngest American captain in Solheim Cup history and the second-youngest captain in tournament history.

“I obviously knew this was going to happen at some point in my career,” Lewis said. “Obviously earlier than I thought, but it’s OK. I feel like it’s the right time for Team USA and it’s the right time for me to step in.”

Lewis will go up against Norwegian golfer and Team Europe captain Suzann Pettersen, a two-time major champion on the LPGA Tour.