Matthew chasing 2019 captaincy in native Scotland

Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:12am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Catriona Matthew wants to bring the curtain down on a stellar career that has yielded earnings of more than $9 million by captaining Europe's Solheim Cup team in her native Scotland in 2019, she told Reuters.

The Scottish veteran was a playing member of the side beaten by the United States in the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup last season and wants to help exact revenge by winning a place back in the team under skipper Annika Sorenstam next year.

Beyond that, Matthew would like nothing better than to lead Europe when the biennial team event is played at Gleneagles two years later.

"I'll certainly put my name into the hat for Scotland," the 46-year-old told Reuters in an interview held at Woburn, venue of the Ricoh Women's British Open from July 28-31.

"To be captain in my own country would be a dream come true. I've loved the Solheim Cup, it's been the highlight of my career."

Matthew has made eight appearances in the biennial event between 1998 and 2015, emerging on the winning side three times.

The Scot has won four times on the LPGA Tour, including the British Open in 2009, and has a total of 10 victories on the Ladies European Tour.

Matthew has no plans to retire just yet and takes heart from the fact long-time Solheim Cup team mate Laura Davies is still playing at the age of 52 and that U.S. captain Juli Inkster remains an LPGA Tour campaigner at 55.   Continued...

Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2015 - Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland - 31/7/15
Scotland's Catriona Matthew on the 6th tee during the second round
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