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European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew confirmed her plans to step away from the LPGA and give attention to the Girls European Tour.

“I’m not retiring,” Matthew mentioned Wednesday on the LET’s La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational in Spain, the place she’s enjoying. “I’m simply retiring from the LPGA.”

Matthew, 49, mentioned the Dow Nice Lakes Bay Invitational in in Midland, Mich., in July is the final LPGA occasion she plans to play on American soil. She is partnering with Suzann Pettersen within the crew occasion. Matthew additionally plans to play the LPGA’s AIG Ladies’s British Open and Aberdeen Customary Investments Girls Scottish Open in August.

“I’ve had a very good profession and every little thing involves an finish,” Matthew mentioned. “It simply hit me, and I believed, ‘That is it.’ I missed the reduce in L.A. a couple of month in the past and realized I’d had sufficient of the grind, being week in, week out, after which going again house and having to observe, with the youngsters. It simply bought outdated.

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“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.”

Matthew’s 4 LPGA titles embrace the 2009 Ladies’s British Open. She’s a six-time LET winner who will lead the Europeans towards the Individuals within the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland Sept. 13-15.

“I get pleasure from enjoying in Europe,” Matthew mentioned. “It’s that little bit extra relaxed. I nonetheless really feel I can come out right here and win … I nonetheless wish to win.”



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