Catriona Matthew is hoping the “extra buzz” of being a former British Open winner can help her use this week’s event to clinch a ninth Solheim Cup cap.
The North Berwick woman will definitely be in Des Moines, Iowa, in a fortnight’s time after being picked by Annika Sorenstam as one of her vice-captains.
But Matthew is hoping to use the event she won in 2009 at Royal Lytham to be in the heat of the battle in the biennial contest instead of having a watching brief.
It would probably require a second-placed finish on the Fife coast for Matthew to secure one of the eight automatic spots up for grabs in Sorenstam’s side.
But, despite having a disappointing season by her high standards, the 47-year-old is one of the contenders for wild cards set to be announced on Sunday night.
“I’d love to have a good week this week and try and play my way into the team,” said Matthew on the eve of the £2.5 million Ricoh-sponsored event at Kingsbarns.
“It’s certainly in the back of my mind but I’m trying not to think about it too much. If I can go out and play good golf, that will take care of itself and there’s that extra buzz for me coming back to a tournament I’ve won, especially being a major.”