Scot's Gleneagles ambition
Matthew keen on Solheim Cup captaincy
As the dust settles on this year’s Solheim Cup in Iowa following the USA’s comfortable victory over Europe, it won’t be long before attention starts to turn towards the 2019 event at Gleneagles.
North Berwick’s Catriona Matthew was one of the star performers in the European team in Des Moines, winning three of her four matches at the age of 47 after replacing the injured Suzann Pettersen at the last minute.
Despite the Scot’s heroics, Annika Sorrenstam’s team went down 16½-11½.
Matthew was originally named among Sorrenstam’s non-playing vice-captains before the late change and the veteran has spoken of her desire to lead the team on home soil in two years’ time.
“Being disappointed with this one, it is a little early to look forward to the next one yet,” she said.
“But, once this one is over and done with, obviously thoughts in six months will turn to Gleneagles.
“I would love to be the captain, I’ve put my name in the hat.”
She has been widely tipped to replace Sorrenstam and her appointment would seem the perfect fit when the biennial event rolls into Perthshire.
Her Solheim Cup debut came in 1998 at Muirfield Village in Ohio and she has gone on to feature in every match from 2003 to date.
One of her highlights was holing the winning putt in Sweden in 2003 and when she managed to secure the half-point required to win the cup outright four years ago in Colorado, Europe’s first victory on American soil.
Matthew took her points tally to 22 in Iowa to sit in third place on the all-time points-scorer list behind Laura Davies and Sorrenstam.
Reflecting on the loss at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, the 2009 British Women’s Open champion said: “We’re obviously very disappointed but we put on a good show in the singles. We played well. They just played that little bit better than us.
“There were lots of birdies and, at the end of the day, it just comes down to them holing a few more putts than us.”