EUROPEAN captain Catriona Matthew has revealed why she has handed Cheshire golfer Bronte Law a wild card for the Solheim Cup clash with the United States.
Stockport’s Law, who now plys her trade on the LPGA Tour in America which meant she needed a captain’s pick to make the team, joins France’s Celine Boutier, English star Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen in the line-up alongside those selected automatically from the world and European rankings.
The 24-year-old, who went to the University of California in Los Angeles, is currently the highest ranked British woman, sitting at 25th on the Rolex World Rankings, after securing her maiden professional LPGA title at the Pure Silk Championship in May.
Pettersen has played in a remarkable eight Solheim Cups and qualified for a ninth in 2017 but an injury forced her to swap to a Vice Captain role, while Ewart Shadoff has played in two Solheim Cups, 2013 and 2017, and has had four top tens this season. Boutier finished sixth at the AIG Women’s British Open and fifth at the 2019 US Women’s Open.
The eight players who automatically qualified for The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, from September 9-15, at the conclusion of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club were Carlota Ciganda, Anne Van Dam, Caroline Hedwall, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson and Anna Nordqvist.
Scotland’s Matthew, who has played in nine Solheim Cups, explained the reasoning behind her four selections: “Bronte and Celine’s excellent recent form speaks for itself in terms of why I selected them, and I think they are both going to have fantastic Solheim Cup debuts.
“I chose Jodi and Suzann for their vast experience, their recent good form and because I know exactly what they bring to the European team room. With our only other rookie being Anne Van Dam, who has also had an excellent year, I feel the experience of our team will be a great advantage to us along with the home crowd support.”
Law said: “I couldn’t be happier to be making my Solheim Cup debut here at the beautiful Gleneagles. I am so grateful to Catriona and all the Vice Captains for picking me and I can’t wait for it to start.
“To be part of this great team with so many Solheim Cup legends is pretty surreal but they have all been very generous in giving me advice ahead of making my debut.”
With Pettersen stepping out of her Vice Captaincy role, Matthew announced that Mel Reid would now be her final Vice Captain, joining Dame Laura Davies and Kathryn Imrie.
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