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Matthew Euro Solheim captain in native Scotland

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Catriona Matthew will lead the European Solheim Cup team when the 2019 matches are staged in her native Scotland, the Ladies European Tour announced on Thursday.

Matthew, 48, is one of the best European Solheim Cup players ever, ranking third in European victories by an individual. She is 18-11-8, a record bettered only by Annika Sorenstam (22-11-4) and Laura Davies (22-18-6). Matthew is the only Scot to win a women’s major. She won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2009, one of her four LPGA titles and six LET titles.

“It’s a great honor and a dream come true to be the captain at home in Scotland,” Matthew said in a statement. “Scotland will provide the perfect stage for the 2019 Solheim Cup and Gleneagles will be a terrific venue. I was lucky enough to win there in 1998, and there is nothing better than winning in your home country.” 

Matthew, who played in nine Solheim Cups, won the LET’s Wales Ladies Championship at Gleneagles’ King’s Course.

Matthew added to her Solheim Cup success in Europe’s losing effort in Iowa last month, going 3-1 as an alternate thrust into emergency duties when Suzann Pettersen was injured and unable to play.

The 2019 Solheim Cup is scheduled to be played at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland, Sept. 13-15. The Europeans defeated the Americans at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.