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Catriona Matthew has confirmed she will not be returning as Europe’s Solheim Cup captain following back-to-back victories over the USA in 2019 and 2021.
Matthew has enjoyed a remarkable stint in charge of the European team, first clinching the event on home soil at Gleneagles two years ago, before completing a historic back-to-back win at this year’s event at Inverness Club for only Europe’s second ever away victory.
A remarkable performance from Europe’s 12 newest golfing heroes saw them secure a 15-13 win over their American rivals following yesterday’s single matches, as Matilda Castren’s winning putt to defeat Austin Ernst sealed a second consecutive Solheim Cup triumph.
Following back-to-back victories, captain Matthew revealed her captaincy would be ending on a high in Ohio, confirming she would not be returning for a third stint in 2023.
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When asked whether she would be in charge for a third time, the laughing Scot replied: “Definitely not, two and done.”
After taking on the role in 2017, Matthew clearly got the bug for taking charge of the Europeans following her maiden victory in 2019 that denied US captain Juli Inkster a third straight victory.
Comparing her two Solheim Cup victories, the 2009 Women’s Open champion said: “At Gleneagles, the way it finished and being in front of my home crowd was very special.
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“This time, winning on American soil wasn’t easy. And especially this year with COVID and Europeans not being able to travel made it even sweeter.”
As well as establishing herself as one Europe’s greatest captains, Matthew also enjoyed a stellar playing career in blue and gold, appearing in nine Solheim Cups across two decades.
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During her time on the playing quota, the Scot secured an impressive 22 points for her team across the nine events, leaving her third in the all-time European points list.
As a result, the 51-year-old said that some of the best times of her life have been spent playing with, and captaining her European colleagues but revealed it was now up to someone else to take charge in two years’ time.
She commented: “I was lucky enough to play in nine and I’ve captained two, and I’ve had a fantastic time. It’s the best week I’ve had every two years, and to have been involved with it now for over 20 years, I’m sure I’ll be there watching, but it’s someone else’s turn.”
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