Expect niggles at the Solheim Cup: Matthew

Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:27pm EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - The Solheim Cup can sometimes create niggly moments between the two teams but the players generally end the week as friends, according to European wildcard selection Catriona Matthew.

The Scot was given the perfect 46th birthday gift on Tuesday when she was one of captain Carin Koch's four wildcard picks for next month's matches, along with Germany's Caroline Masson, Swede Caroline Hedwall and Karine Icher of France.

The biennial Solheim Cup event, much like the men's Ryder Cup equivalent, can often throw up a spicy confrontation and Matthew would not be surprised if there were one or two controversial moments in Heidelberg, Germany from Sept. 18-20.

"I'm sure there will be some niggles, I mean that's half the fun of matchplay," she laughed.

"There is always something that comes up, it's part and parcel of a team event in that kind of high-pressure environment, but in the end it's all pretty good natured," Matthew told Reuters in an interview.

"The Europeans always have a good party at the end, win or lose, and they (the U.S.) perhaps have their own party. Come the next week it's all done and dusted, we're all back to playing together ... and we all come out friends again."

Europe are hoping to make it a hat-trick of Solheim Cup victories for the first time since the competition was launched in 1990.

U.S. captain Juli Inkster has suggested the pressure is on Koch's team but Matthew, who will be playing in the event for the eighth time, sees things differently.   Continued...

 
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