02/16/2012 02:54 EST | Updated 04/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Former No. 1 Annika Sorenstam turns down opportunity to captain Europe in Solheim Cup

LONDON - Former top-ranked women's golfer Annika Sorenstam says she has turned down the chance to captain Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup against the United States.

The 41-year-old Swede says "I simply cannot provide the necessary time that the European team, Solheim family and the entire event deserves."

Sorenstam played in the Solheim Cup eight times, winning 24 points in 37 matches, before retiring in 2008.

Sorenstam told her personal website "the Solheim Cup has been an important part of my career, and I hope to one day lead the European team."

Europe will defend the title it won in County Meath last September when the U.S. hosts the biennial competition in Parker, Colorado in August next year.