Catriona Matthew second richest lady in UK sport

Catriona Matthew with husband and caddie Graeme, and children Katie and Sophie. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Catriona Matthew with husband and caddie Graeme, and children Katie and Sophie. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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Champion golfer Catriona Matthew has been named the UK’s second richest female sporting star with a net worth of £7 million.

The 44-year-old from North Berwick is just behind fellow female golfer Laura Davies in The Times’ Daily Rich List.

And her earnings are some £4m ahead of Olympic icon Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Another golfer, Trish Johnson, who is said to be worth £3m, comes in fourth on the list with cyclist Victoria Pendleton at number five with £2m.

Matthew, winner of the Women’s British Open in 2009, spends much of her time playing on the US LPGA Tour, where the prize money is higher than elsewhere and there are more frequent 
tournaments.

Her earnings were also boosted by endorsements from finance company Aberdeen Asset Management and golf firm Titleist.

But her wealth pales into insignificance compared with male golf champions Rory McIlroy, who is worth £28m, and Ian Poulter, who has earned £24m.

Matthew, whose husband, Graeme, is her caddie, won her Open title just weeks after giving birth to her second daughter.

Some sports scientists have claimed women athletes can benefit from the “training effect” of pregnancy, but 
Matthew said she did not believe she had gained anything physically from childbirth.

She said: “There are no pluses in that respect. I can’t say I felt any stronger. I did not hit the ball any further, for example.

“I think the real benefit was having a break from golf. I returned mentally fresh after five months off.”

And she said motherhood also helped on tour.

“If you have a bad day, a bad round, you don’t just go back to the hotel and dwell on it,” she said. “You go back and get stuck into the non-stop life of being a mother of young 
children.

“I don’t think I could have done it if Graeme hadn’t been there. It is a strange way of life. You are always on the road, at least for nine months of the year. I have been lucky having Graeme caddie for me. It is pretty lonely out there on your own.”

Last month, Matthew finished just outside the top ten in the opening women’s major of the season after dropping four shots in the last six holes.

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