Annika Sorenstam: 'Catriona is the natural choice'

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Outgoing Solheim Cup skipper Annika Sorenstam believes Catriona Matthew has earned the right to lead Team Europe into battle.

The Swede, who saw her side fall to a heavy defeat (16 ½ – 11 ½) at Des Moines Country Club last month, has given the Scot her blessing lead the fight at Gleneagles in two years time.

Matthew, who stepped away from her vice-captain responsibilities and back into the team late last August, won three points for Team Europe after a late injury to Suzann Pettersen ruled her out of competition in America.

Although Sorenstam was thankful for the help she has now revealed that she believes the 48-year-old will be a perfect fit for the European team.

“I am very happy that Catriona was chosen as the next Solheim Cup captain for Team Europe,” said the 46-year-old.

“She has had a wonderful Solheim Cup career and she deserves the opportunity to take on this prestigious role.”

Matthew, who has featured in nine Solheim Cups over the course of her career, will now take charge in her home country of Scotland and Sorenstam believes that can only work in her favour.

“With the next Solheim Cup taking place in Scotland, her home country, it’s the perfect scenario for her to lead the European Team,” added the Swede.

“She helped us a lot over the past year as a vice-captain, but then stepped in and won us three points as a player. Catriona is very well respected by the players, so she is a natural choice.”

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