Catriona Matthew, a four-time LPGA Tour winner and nine-time Solheim Cup participant, has been named the European Solheim Cup captain for the 2019 matches in her home country of Scotland, the Ladies European Tour announced Thursday.
Matthew, 48, was an unsurprising pick given her experience and Scottish roots. The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles will be the site of the match on Sept. 13-15, 2019.
“It’s a great honor and a dream come true to be the captain at home in Scotland,” Matthew said. “Since my first appearance in 1998, I have always loved playing in the Solheim Cup. It’s always such an incredible atmosphere and over the years that I’ve played, I’ve enjoyed it more and more. From the extremely high standard of play, to the enormous crowds, huge infrastructure and fantastic media coverage, the event just keeps getting bigger and better.”
At last month’s Solheim Cup in Iowa, Matthew had been slated as a vice captain before replacing the injured Suzann Pettersen on the European roster. Matthew earned three points for Europe and has a career total of 22 points, third on the all-time list.
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The outgoing captain, Annika Sörenstam, was Matthew’s first Solheim Cup partner in 1998 and is ready to pass the baton.
“I am very happy that Catriona was chosen as the next Solheim Cup captain for Team Europe,” Sörenstam said. “She has had a wonderful Solheim Cup career and she deserves the opportunity to take on this prestigious role. With the next Solheim Cup taking place in Scotland, her home country, it’s the perfect scenario for her to lead the European team.”