Matthew to replace Pettersen in Solheim Cup

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Scotland’s Catriona Matthew has been called up to replace the injured Suzann Pettersen in Europe’s Solheim Cup team, captain Annika Sorenstam has announced.

Norwegian Pettersen, an eight-time Solheim Cup participant, was receiving treatment for a recurrent back injury but withdrew on Wednesday morning.

“I did not want to play unless I was able to give 100%, but I will stay and support my team,” she said.

The event takes place at the Des Moines Country Club in Iowa from 18-20 August.

Scot Matthew played in nine Solheim Cups between 1998 and 2015, earning 19 points from 33 matches.

The 47-year-old was a member of three winning teams in 2003, 2011 and 2013.

She famously holed the winning putt in 2003 at Barseback Golf and Country Club in Sweden and secured the half-point to win the Cup outright to seal Europe’s first away victory at Colorado Golf Club in 2013.

Europe captain Sorenstam said: “Catriona is a proven Solheim Cup performer who will be able to step right in and play with anybody. She’s ready to go.”


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