Solheim Cup 2021: Catriona Matthew on ‘career highlight’ of captaining Europe to away glory | Golf News

Team Europe took a 15-13 win on American soil in Toledo, Ohio, only their second away win in the two-year competition; Catriona Matthew became the first European captain to win two consecutive Solheim Cups

Last updated: 24/12/21 10:05

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Catriona Matthew became the first Solheim European Cup captain to win streak. Find out how he devised two incredible triumphs against all odds in a special documentary this Christmas, only on Sky Sports Golf.

Catriona Matthew became the first Solheim European Cup captain to win streak. Find out how he devised two incredible triumphs against all odds in a special documentary this Christmas, only on Sky Sports Golf.

When Catriona Matthew captained Europe with a dramatic home win in 2019, many thought it was the perfect sign of her long and successful Solheim Cup career. Instead, she added another layer to her legacy by creating more history of the golf.

Matthew had only missed one event as a player for Team Europe after making her 1998 debut, even moving from vice-captain to player at the last minute before the 2017 game, before taking over as captain for the remarkable success. 14.5-13.5 in Gleneagles.

That 2019 win – ensured with Suzann Pettersen’s narrow victory on the last hole in the last singles match – avoided a third straight defeat for Europe, with Matthew initially uncertain about returning to the role for a future edition of the biennial event.

It all came down to final putt when Suzann Pettersen won the Solheim Cup for Europe.

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It all came down to final putt when Suzann Pettersen won the Solheim Cup for Europe.

It all came down to final putt when Suzann Pettersen won the Solheim Cup for Europe.

Matthew eventually pledged to lead Europe at the Inverness Club in Ohio, knowing they had only had one previous win on American soil and knowing that no European captain had ever won two consecutive Solheim Cups.

“That night [after the 2019 win] I remember saying to my husband ‘I don’t think I’d do it again if they asked me,’ “said Matthew Sky Sports. “It had never been done before, no one had won consecutively in Europe, so I thought why not!

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“It’s very different, an away game, so it was quite a different challenge for me. There’s a little less time commitment when away, because you don’t do much promotion or media, so it’s more of a matter of concentration on the team.

“It was a little different [in 2021] with Covid-19, but it was a fantastic challenge to face “.

Covid-19 limited play opportunities for Ladies European Tour golfers and resulted in qualifying changes to allow Matthew to make six captain picks, while pandemic-related travel restrictions prevented most fans Europeans to travel to the United States.

A look at the best of the action from an exciting final day at the Solheim Cup, where Team Europe won twice against Team USA.

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A look at the best of the action from an exciting final day at the Solheim Cup, where Team Europe won twice against Team USA.

A look at the best of the action from an exciting final day at the Solheim Cup, where Team Europe won twice against Team USA.

Europe went to America as the underdog, thanks to the hosts who had at their disposal eight of the first 30 world championships – including the no. 1 of the world Nelly Korda – compared to the two of the guests, only that Matthew canceled the hopes of the house with a win for 15-13 On the side of Pat Hurst.

Leona Maguire cemented herself into Solheim Cup folklore by scoring with 4.5 points during an unbeaten debut, with Matilda Castren and Emily Pedersen scoring three points and the choice of captain Mel Reid joining Anna Nordqvist in scoring 2.5 points during the win of Europe.

Leona Maguire stressed why she is among the best in the world in her Solheim Cup for Europe debut, says Inci Mehmet, Ladies European Tour pro and Sky Sports golf expert.

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Leona Maguire stressed why she is among the best in the world in her Solheim Cup for Europe debut, says Inci Mehmet, Ladies European Tour pro and Sky Sports golf expert.

Leona Maguire stressed why she is among the best in the world in her Solheim Cup for Europe debut, says Inci Mehmet, Ladies European Tour pro and Sky Sports golf expert.

Matthew excluded himself from a third consecutive captain stint, leaving Pettersen to take on the lead role for the 2023 competition in Spain, with the Scotswoman proud of her achievements for Team Europe.

“I think without a doubt that [winning back-to-back Solheim Cups] it’s the highlight of my career, “added Matthew.” Once I first played in 1998, every two years all I wanted to do was join the team.

After appearing nine times in the Solheim Cup as a player, Suzann Pettersen will be the captain of Team Europe at the 2023 tournament in Spain.

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After appearing nine times in the Solheim Cup as a player, Suzann Pettersen will be the captain of Team Europe at the 2023 tournament in Spain.

After appearing nine times in the Solheim Cup as a player, Suzann Pettersen will be the captain of Team Europe at the 2023 tournament in Spain.

“It has been a big part of my career over the past 25 years and having the opportunity and honor of winning twice was something I never could have dreamed of when I first played in 1998.

“I see both victories [2019 and 2021] quite equally. Gleneagles, obviously being in Scotland, was very special in how the crowd created and everything.

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“Then the Inverness Club at the end was a very different vibe. It was really just our team that was there, but special in a different way for silencing the Americans! I mean two wins, what more could you ask for ?! “

Watch ‘Portrait of a Captain: Catriona’, a new special documentary on Catriona Matthew’s success as the Solheim Cup captain, this December on Sky Sports. The program is now available on Sky Sport On Demand, with the show also on Sky Sport Golf for the entire holiday period.

The Sky Sports Golf program on Christmas Day will be dedicated to the success of the Solheim Cup of Europe 2021, with the singles of the last day repeated in full from 10 am and the extended highlights available throughout the day.

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