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Matthew gets Europe call-up

Catriona Matthew has received a call up to Europe’s Solheim Cup team following an unfortunate injury to Suzann Pettersen.

Petterson has played in eight Solheim Cups and always brings a wealth of experience to the team, but complained of back pain before finally withdrawing from the event on Wednesday morning.

However, Petterson’s injury opens the door for Matthew, who was appointed vice-captain to Annika Sorenstam last month. She will now be an active member of the squad.

"I found out this morning and I feel ready," she told BBC Sport. "I had the inkling that this could have happened since I got here so I've been preparing a little bit. It's nice to know finally that I'm in.

"I thought this was my last chance to play in a Solheim Cup. I was enjoying my role as vice-captain and had accepted it. But it's now changed slightly so I just need to refocus.

"It's fortunate that I've played in so many Cups before and I know what to expect. I played the course yesterday, normally the reserve or the vice-captain doesn't get to do this."




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