25/10/2019

Catriona Matthew: Solheim Cup victory would be career highlight


Catriona Matthew believes this week, leading Europe into Solheim Cup success at Gleneagles would be her best accomplishment in golf.
Matthew, a Solheim Cup participant, captains a European aspect in Scotland, in which the hosts are seeking to avoid a third successive defeat in the biennial contest.
Even the 50-year-old won the 2009 Women’s British Open and finished four winning Solheim Cup sides throughout an illustrious playing career, but feels success those successes would be gazumped by this week.
“I think it [Solheim Cup triumph ] will be appropriate on top,” Matthew explained. “I’ve always loved the Solheim Cup. When it comes about, it has been the highlight of my career every 2 years.
“Some of my finest moments have been in the Solheim, also I think to be a winning captain at Gleneagles in Scotland would rank just about over my British Open triumph.
“It is great that it is finally here. It’s been, in some respects, a couple of years and I think these next couple of days will just fly past”
Matthew’s final Solheim Cup appearance came from Europe’s 16.5-11.5 conquer two years ago, if the Scot made the last-minute change from vice-captain to player to replace the wounded Suzann Pettersen.
Team USA leaving the visitors with six rookies in their aspect and have drafted in Ally McDonald to take over from Stacy Lewis, have now been forced into a similar alteration before this year’s competition.
“Obviously that’s tough for them and unsatisfactory,” Matthew added. “We were in precisely the identical scenario last time together with Suzann [Pettersen]. I’m sorry for Stacy [Lewis].
“You have that sort of connection of getting on the group, being picked, and not being able to play as you’re injured is unfortunate for them. Ally McDonald is a good player. They’ve an replacement there.
“I suppose being a beginner it is a slight unknown quantity. They’re all good players, but you’ve seen in the past some rookies kind of come in and excel. Then other rookies who unfortunately just have found it a little all a bit too much”
Though Dame Laura Davies is fully supporting her inclusion as a captain’s pick, even though making three competitive begins considering November 2017 pettersen returns for Europe and makes her Solheim Cup appearance.
“Why wouldn’t you need Suzann Pettersen on your team?” Davies said. “She hasn’t played a large amount of tournaments, but game play is extremely different. You do not have to run 72 holes together.
“At the end it may be hard for somebody who has not playedbut 18 hole game play I Had back Suzann [Pettersen] every moment. If you’ve Suzann or a different participant on the sheet, then you may play the player.
“Suzann can be very tricky on the market. It is good for all of us. It’s amazing that she brings that standing to our team, and I would never doubt Suzann Pettersen ever.”
View the Solheim Cup through the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday by 5.30pm on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix.

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