Catriona Matthew may have ended up on the losing side but the Lothians star is leaving Iowa with her head held high after a remarkable performance in the 15th Solheim Cup.
The 47-year-old North Berwick woman picked up three points in four matches at Des Moines Golf & Country Club after switching from vice-captain to player at the 11th hour. She ended up as the second most successful performer in Annika Sorenstam’s side, the only disappointment for Matthew in her ninth appearance in the event being that it ended in a 16.5-11.5 defeat.
Matthew came from being three down after four holes to beat Stacy Lewis on the last in the concluding singles, which ended up being shared 6-6.
“I never gave up, I just hung in there and hoped my time would come,” she said. “I managed to put some pressure on her on the back nine.”
Matthew had been sent out near the top of the order by Sorenstam as the visitors tried to come back from a five-point overnight deficit.
It was the toughest task any team had faced in either this event or the Ryder Cup and, despite a valiant effort, it proved to be mission impossible.
“We knew the first ones had to win,” added Matthew, who, with 22, is now just three off equalling Laura Davies as the top all-time points scorer.
“Ideally, I wanted blue on the board early on – but I got there in the end.”