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Europe names Catriona Matthew captain for 2019 Solheim Cup

Catriona Matthew of Scotland has been named Europe’s captain for the 2019 Solheim Cup team. The event will take place in Perthshire, Scotland at Gleneagles from Sept. 13-15.

The 48-year-old Matthew was an alternate during the 2017 Solheim Cup in Iowa, but ended up replacing Suzann Petterson, due to injury. Matthew played four matches and won three points. Europe lost to the United States 16 1/2-11 1/2.

“Since my first appearance in 1998, I have always loved playing in the Solheim Cup,” Matthew said to the BBC. “It’s always such an incredible atmosphere and over the years that I’ve played, I’ve enjoyed it more and more.”

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Matthews will replace Annika Sorenstam as captain. With 22 points, Matthews is third all-time in Solheim Cup points for Europe, behind Sorenstam and Laura Davies.

“She helped us a lot over the past year as a vice-captain, but then stepped in and won us three points as a player,” said Sorenstam. “Catriona is very well respected by the players, so she is a natural choice.”

 

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