Making Headlines ... Catriona Matthew

Catriona Matthew
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Catriona Matthew of Scotland and the European Team hits her tee shot on the second hole during the final day singles matches of the 2013 Solheim Cup at The Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado.

As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about Catriona Matthew and get to know her.

Matthew proves herself at double duty

Catriona Matthew is at home in Scotland now, cuddling with her two girls and taking in a most magnificent view of the Firth of Forth. It’s a scene she has known all her life, having grown up on the links of North Berwick Golf Club, one of the oldest and most glorious seaside tracks in all the land.

Matthew, the only Scot to win a women’s major, triumphed in her national open for the second time in three years last week. At 44, she is fitter than ever and playing some of the best golf of her long and undervalued career. She’s ranked ninth in the world, ahead of American stars Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr.

When it comes to raising a family on tour while maintaining a high level of play, no one does it better than Matthew. She’s the highest-ranked mom, followed by Karine Icher at No. 20. Stacy Prammanasudh, who is reportedly retiring after this season, is next at No. 124. Read More>>

Catriona Matthew’s skills deserve more respect

THE world No 10 and Scotland’s most recent major winner playing on her own doorstep just over a week after clinching Europe’s first Solheim Cup win on US soil in her seventh appearance in the biennial bout with the Americans.

Throw in free admission and last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies’ Scottish Open at Archerfield Links was the perfect opportunity for the nation’s sporting public to ­finally show its recognition of a Scottish sporting legend.

It may not have been a repeat of people lining the streets, as happened in Dunblane earlier in the year after Andy Murray had come up with the winning Wimbledon formula, but Catriona Matthew should certainly be held in the same regard as her compatriot by every single sports enthusiast in this country. Which is why, in the eyes of this correspondent at least, it was verging on embarrassing that, for the second time in three years, so few people turned up in Matthew’s native East Lothian to not only admire her skills but also say a “thank-you” for the way she has flown the flag for Scottish golf around the world for close to 20 years. Read More>>

Catriona Matthew tames wind to regain Scottish Ladies title

Catriona Matthew duly regained her Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Ladies Open title in imperious fashion in the sweeping East Lothian winds at Archerfield.

The 44-year-old from nearby North Berwick shot a final-round 70 to finish with an eight-under aggregate of 208, two ahead of fast-finishing Englishwoman Hannah Burke on six-under.

They were the only two in the field who finished the championship under par in brutally tough winds gusting to 30mph and beyond. Read More>>

Catriona Matthew backed to lead Solheim Cup team

HAVING already seen one soft-spoken Scottish golfing legend harshly overlooked for a European captaincy, DJ Russell is hoping the same thing doesn’t happen to a player he rates in the same category as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

In Russell’s eyes, Catriona Matthew, a major winner, seven-times Solheim Cup player and favourite to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open for the second time in three years this weekend over a course he designed, is a national treasure.

But so, too, is Sandy Lyle and, having seen with him in the Ryder Cup that justice isn’t a certainty in sport, especially when the decision lies in the hands of others, Russell is keeping his fingers crossed that a Solheim Cup captaincy will eventually fall Matthew’s way. Read More>>

Catriona Matthew Faces Home Crowd at St. Andrews

Catriona Matthew is not a woman fond of small talk. She doesn’t banter with crowds or lobby for the spotlight.

In fact, the Scot is happy to show up, play top-tier golf and disappear. Even when she wins, she’ll smile, answer questions and make a quick exit as soon as possible.

But “Beany,” as she is called by friends and family, has to be considered a favorite this week when the Women’s British Open returns to the Old Course at St. Andrews. She won’t be able to dodge the crowds or avoid attention at home. The locals will be looking for her and the media will be lined up to chat. Read More>>

 

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