CATRIONA MATTHEW will leave her two daughters this weekend to mother Europe’s Solheim Cup team in Colorado.
The North Berwick star comfortably secured a seventh appearance in the biennial bout after tying for 11th in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews.
At nearly 44, she’ll be the oldest player in Swede Liselotte Neumann’s team in Denver, where Europe will be defending the trophy after a dramatic win at Killeen Castle in Ireland two years ago.
“I’m really looking forward to the Solheim Cup,” admitted Matthew, who made her debut in the event 15 years ago and has won 12 out of her 25 matches. The Scot’s team-mates will include England’s Charley Hull, set to become the event’s youngest-ever player at 17.
“It is quite a new team,” added Matthew. “There are a lot of rookies in it and young players, but I think it will be a good team.”
Asked if she was heading into this encounter with one eye on the captaincy, Matthew hinted that she still believes her playing career has mileage left in it.
“Not really at the moment,” said the world No. 10. “But it’s something I might well do in a few years’ time.”
She’s now finished in the top 15 in all four women’s majors this season but left St Andrews ruing a quadruple-bogey 8 at the fifth in her final round 78.
It was ten shots more than she carded in the delayed third round after finishing birdie-eagle on the Old Course.
“I actually hit my best drive of the day down 5, but it took a vicious kick right in to a bunker and I didn’t get out,” she reported. “That triple just kind of took any momentum I had out.
“I didn’t play that badly. I was just a little scrappy and missed a couple of putts.”