HARRISON, N.Y. -- Former world No. 1 Suzann Pettersen enters this week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship on the heels of her 15th career LPGA win on Sunday at the Manulife LPGA Classic.
A career that's 15 wins strong and counting is pretty special, isn't it?
So what does it mean to Pettersen, a two-time major winner?
"Nothing really," she said, smiling but dead serious. "I mean, 15 wins, I've been out on Tour for 15 years, that's one a year. That's not that impressive."
Pettersen may not think so, but her peers would disagree. In an effort to get even better this season, Pettersen turned to renowned instructor Butch Harmon. Sunday's triumph was their first as a team.
Pettersen noted that while working with Harmon -- who grew up around this week's venue, Westchester Country Club, and has given Pettersen some tips -- is amazing, being a part of the Harmon team is what means the most. It afforded her an opportunity recently to play a round with one of Harmon's many stars, Phil Mickelson.
"I got to play a round of golf with Phil Mickelson which was very inspirational for me," Pettersen said. "I got to kind of pick his brain about his short game. I mean, stuff like that, you can't necessarily buy that off a teacher because I think the best advice you get out there is from the players themselves. So being on Butch's team kind of allows me to get more knowledge of not just Butch himself but also his players."
Pettersen, who over the course of her career has seen the best (and been the best) in the likes of Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Yani Tseng, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko, thought that maybe her career would be winding down after the 2016 Olympics.
However, she's now realizing the game is something she just isn't ready to let go of.
"I have a lot of new goals on my mind," she said. "I feel like I've started all over. That's kind of what I needed. I felt like I needed a little bit of a kick in the butt to be honest. I didn't need anyone who was like sugarcoating me and just telling me what I've done is fantastic and I should be happy with that. I needed somebody to push me and help me challenge kind of my own skills. So I'm very motivated. I always said 2016 would be a breaking point for me. I would be happy to maybe hang the clubs on the wall after the Olympics, but at this point, I don't see why I should because I still love this game way too much, and I see myself feeling way too competitive. So I don't really have an end goal right now and I see myself playing for many, many years to go. So, I'm happy to be around."