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Matthew on the secrets to Europe’s Solheim Cup win

Last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open champion Catriona Matthew was one of the stars of Europe's record breaking Solheim Cup win over the United States in Colarado last month.

An 18-10 win was the largest margin of victory and the first time Europe had won on American soil.

Matthew said afterwards that the chemistry in the team room was perfect.

“It was new team but it was a great atmosphere all week in the team room, everyone got on really well together. I mean you don't really need any motivation to get up for that week, but we felt relaxed, we felt confident, and we enjoyed it – that showed in our golf.”

The rookies in the team – there were six in total - all delivered points, with 17 year-old Charley Hull standing out as she thrashed US star Paula Creamer on the final day.

“They won it for us really; the rookies outperformed the American rookies by miles, that was the difference probably. All respect to Charley she played phenomenally well that week, she just seemed to have that carefree abandon of not really knowing what to expect, which I think helped.”

Europe really took control on the second day – with Karine Icher nailing a wonderful putt to make it 4-0 in the afternoon session. It meant Europe needed just 3 and half points on the final day to bring the cup home.

Matthew felt the clean sweep in the Saturday afternoon four balls was the catalyst.

“You would have counted on Cristie making that putt, if they had got a half – I mean still 3 and a half against a half, we would still have been in a great position, but 4-0 that was just demoralising for them, and so uplifting for us, I think we went in there, obviously we knew we hadn’t won, we still had to play well in the singles, but deep down we all knew we were going to win it,” she said.

Matthew made the winning putt at Barseback in Sweden in 2003 and once again made the putt to win the Cup outright. “Obviously my personal highlight was holing that putt at the last that got us that half point that got us to 14 and a half, they came up to me, I think Carin Koch and there was a few of them on the cart, that said that Caroline had won her game and that was us on 14 and we had retained it, so I knew if we could get that half then that would be it, so I got up there and you know all the team were sitting around, and the helpers, everyone, and it was just a great feeling, hitting a chip to within five feet. I mean dreams are made of that really.”

With her recent victory and steady form, Matthew is already on her way to making an eighth Cup appearance as a member of the 2015 European team.

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