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Catriona Matthew was recently voted the 2009 Ladies European Tour Players’ Player of the Year by her fellow LET members. A sensational year for the North Berwick golfer saw her earn her first major championship, at home in the British Isles, against a field containing the strongest possible opponents.

Just 11 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter Sophie and three weeks before her 40th birthday, Catriona stunned the world of golf by winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Her sensational three-stroke triumph in August, which included in the second round a course-record 7-under 30 on the back nine, meant that, 14 years after turning professional, she became the first Scot, and the fourth Brit, to claim a women’s major golf championship. 

In between juggling golf and family duties in the run up to Christmas, Catriona took time out from her busy schedule to answer the LET’s “Full Swing” questionnaire.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being at home with my family

2. What is your greatest fear?

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

5. Which living person do you most admire?
Lance Armstrong

6. What is your greatest extravagance?
My House

7. What is your current state of mind?

8. On what occasion do you lie?
(Just little white ones)

9. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My height

10. Which living person do you most despise?
Arrogant people

11. What is the quality you most like in a man?

12. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"You know"

13. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband and two daughters

14. When and where were you happiest?
My wedding and when my children were born



15. Which talent would you most like to have?
To fly

16. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My sweet tooth


17. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having children

18. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A dog

19. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Giving birth

20. What is your favorite occupation?

22. Who are your favorite writers?
David Baldacci, Patricia Cromwell

23. Who is your hero of fiction?
James Bond

24. What are your favorite names?
Katie, Sophie

25. What is it that you most dislike?
Being late

The FUll Swing with catriona Matthew
Illustration by: Brian Wasson
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