Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, European Solheim Cup Captain, confirmed that she shall be stepping away from the LPGA this 12 months and shall be enjoying extra on the Girls European Tour sooner or later.
The Dow Nice Lakes Bay Invitational on July 17-20 shall be her final LPGA occasion on US soil and he or she may even play within the AIG Girls’s British Open and Aberdeen Customary Investments Girls Scottish Open, that are co-sanctioned by the 2 excursions.
“That is my 25th 12 months on the LPGA and I made a decision it was time,” she stated on the new La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational occasion in Spain. “I simply wish to be at house a bit extra. It’s loads simpler commuting to Europe. I’m going to play within the KPMG Championship after which the DOW with Suzann (Pettersen). Being the Solheim Cup captain, it’s good to be across the different gamers.
“I’ve had a superb profession and every part involves an finish. It simply hit me and I assumed: that is it. I missed the minimize in L.A. a few month in the past and realised I’d had sufficient of the grind, being week in, week out after which going again house and having to practise, with the children. It simply bought outdated.
“I’m not quitting: I’ll play in Europe and I’m eager to play within the U.S. Senior Open subsequent 12 months. I’m transferring my focus to attempt to win that. I’m not retiring, I’m simply retiring from the LPGA.
“I take pleasure in enjoying in Europe. It’s that little bit extra relaxed. I nonetheless really feel I can come out right here and win. It’s simply the week in, week out grind. I nonetheless wish to win.”
Matthew will associate her vice captain Pettersen within the The Dow Nice Lakes Bay Invitational in July, which would be the Norwegian’s first return to competitors since giving beginning to her first little one, Herman Alexander, final August.
As she gears up for her return, she’s going to attend the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational at La Reserva Membership de Sotogrande this weekend, the place “Beany” is enjoying.
Matthew stated: “She’s coming down on Saturday night time and going to look at a couple of individuals play on Sunday, so will probably be good to catch up and see her in particular person and meet Herman.”
Pettersen stated if she finds some “magical sport” she would possibly attempt to qualify for The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland in September.
“She’s going to be practising the following couple of months earlier than the Dow and he or she’ll see how she thinks she does in that as to her plans for the longer term. She’d be a fantastic addition if she was enjoying effectively, although,” Matthew stated.
As vice captain to Annika Sorenstam, Matthew stepped in to put on the blue and gold of Group Europe for a ninth time two years in the past at Des Moines, taking the place of the injured Pettersen, who swapped roles to change into a vice captain. There can be a singular symmetry ought to Pettersen make her ninth look as a participant this 12 months.