Solheim Cup: Catriona Matthew named as Europe captain again

Catriona Matthew conducted for the single European crew to have won in the US

Catriona Matthew has been given the likelihood to attend the Solheim Cup after being chosen to captain Europe for the 2d time in succession.

The 50-twelve months-identical outdated Scot led her crew to victory over the US on home soil at Gleneagles in September.

She shall be captain again at Inverness Golf Membership in Toledo, Ohio, in 2021.

“Worthwhile the Solheim Cup in Scotland used to be a dream plot true, however backing that up with a purchase in America might per chance perhaps per chance be even better,” Matthew talked about.

“It be at all times more challenging to purchase on US soil, however I’m honoured to be tasked with the mission. I was lucky ample to be half of the first European crew to purchase on US soil at Colorado Golf Membership in 2013 and so know what’s that you just might accept as true with.”

That stays the single time Europe have won in the US and it used to be additionally the single time they have got retained the trophy, which has been won by the US in 10 of the 16 meetings.

Matthew used to be half of a winning crew three cases in her 9 appearances as a player, including the aspect who won at Killeen Fortress Golf Resort, Eire, before defending the trophy.

With Meg Mallon having succeeded Rosie Jones as captain in 2013, Matthew would change into the first to steer Europe to successive wins might per chance perhaps quiet she repeat September’s success.

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“The American crew conducted extremely effectively at Gleneagles, however what we performed this twelve months and what it supposed to people all the diagram through the world will abet as further motivation,” the Scot talked about.

“I’m angry to fetch all of the diagram down to industry, build the next crew and admire what Europe is capable of at Inverness Membership. It be a genuinely Scottish identify, so I’m hoping that is a true omen.”

The appointment used to be launched by the Ladies European Tour on the scene of September’s purchase, with Matthew announcing that the occasion used to be the pinnacle of her occupation, even “blowing away” her essential victory in the 2009 Ladies’s British Birth.

Dame Laura Davies, a vice-captain in 2019, talked about: “I suspect that Catriona used to be the kind of truly perfect captain that she deserves the likelihood to circulation and fetch the trophy again again.”

Suzann Pettersen, who holed an eight-foot putt to purchase on the 18th inexperienced in the final match at Gleneagles, used to be additionally “extremely elated” by the data.

“She’s a class act and clearly conjures up the entire avid gamers and crew contributors around her,” she added.

“She’s no longer only a Solheim Cup myth however she’s additionally a truly perfect leader, buddy and mother. She had the faith in me to purchase me as a wildcard purchase, for which I’m going to forever be grateful, and she deserves the entire credit rating.”

The one other Scot to captain Europe, Dale Reid, failed in her strive to attend the trophy in Minnesota after main her aspect to victory at Loch Lomond in 2000.

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