Catriona Matthew

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Catriona Matthew
— Golfer —
2009 Women's British Open – Catriona Matthew (6).jpg
Personal information
Full name Catriona Isobel Matthew
Born (1969-08-25) 25 August 1969 (age 44)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence North Berwick, Scotland
Spouse Graeme Matthew
Children Katie, Sophie
Career
College University of Stirling
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1995)
LET (joined 1995)
Professional wins 11
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 4
Ladies European Tour 6
ALPG Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T2: 2007
LPGA Championship 2nd: 2013
U.S. Women's Open T4: 2001
du Maurier Classic 5th: 1999
Women's British Open Won: 2009
The Evian Championship T64: 2013
Achievements and awards
Ladies European Tour
Player of the Year
2009
Heather Farr Player Award 2009

Catriona Isobel Matthew (née Lambert) MBE (born 25 August 1969) is a Scottish professional golfer who plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is also a member of the Ladies European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Catriona Lambert was born in Edinburgh, and grew up in North Berwick. She learned to play golf on the Children's Course and North Berwick West Links in the town. She had a successful junior and amateur career, becoming Scottish Girls champion in 1986 and Scottish Under-21 Stroke Play champion in 1988 and 1989. She captured the Scottish Amateur title in 1991, 1993 and 1994, and the British Amateur title in 1993.[1] She is also a two time winner of the St Rule Trophy played at St. Andrews.[2] She was a member of the 1990,[3] 1992[4] and 1994 Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup teams.[5] She graduated from the University of Stirling in 1992 having studied accountancy, this being one of a few British universities offering golf scholarships.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Matthew qualified for the LPGA Tour by tying for fifth at the 1994 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1995 season.[7] She soon established herself on the Tour, and her best seasons were 2001 and 2005, when she finished tenth on the money list.

Matthew also qualified for the Ladies European Tour in 1995 and plays several events on that tour each season. She won her maiden professional tournament at the Holden Women's Australian Open in 1996.[7] She won the 1998 McDonald's WPGA Championship on the Ladies European Tour. She was a member of the 1998 Solheim Cup Team[8] and first reserve for the 2000 matches held in her native Scotland. When Helen Alfredsson hurt her wrist she was called into the team but Alfredsson recovered and Matthew did not play.[9] She was somewhat controversially left out of the 2002 Solheim Cup team[10][11] but was a captain's pick for the 2003 team,[12][13] gaining the Cup winning point.[14] She was a captain's pick for the 2005 team as well.[15] She qualified outright for the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Solheim Cup teams.

She teamed with Janice Moodie to represent Scotland at the 2005[16] and 2006 Women’s World Cup of Golf.[17] and was a member of the victorious International team captained by Annika Sörenstam in the inaugural Lexus Cup.[18]

She won the 2007 Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika.[19]

In January 2009, she won the inaugural HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup 2009, an unofficial LPGA event with a field of 14 LPGA players and a Brazilian national amateur. Matthew was five months pregnant with her second child at the time of the victory.[20]

On 2 August 2009 at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Matthew won the Ricoh Women's British Open with a final score of 3-under-par over second place finisher Karrie Webb. It was her first win in a major tournament. The victory came 11 weeks after she gave birth to her second daughter, Sophie. She was the first player from Scotland to win a women's major golf tournament.[21]

On 13 November 2011, Matthew won her fourth LPGA title at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico.

At the 2013 LPGA Championship, Matthew finished runner-up after losing a sudden-death playoff against the world number one Inbee Park. Matthew and Park finished the tournament tied together at five-under-par, with Matthew coming from seven strokes behind Park at the start of the final round. In the playoff, they both parred the first two extra holes, but Matthew lost out on the third extra hole when Park made birdie.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Matthew's husband Graeme is her caddy and in January 2007 they had their first child, a daughter, Katie. Matthew gave birth to a second daughter named Sophie on 16 May 2009.[23]

In July 2009, Matthew and her husband escaped a fire at the hotel they were staying in while she played in the Evian Masters. Graeme suffered burns to his feet and was unable to caddy for two rounds.[24]

Matthew was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[25]

Professional wins (11)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
1 17 Feb 2001 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open 67-71-72=210 −6 3 strokes Sweden Annika Sörenstam 112,500
2 22 Aug 2004 Wendy's Championship for Children 72-67-71-68=278 −10 Playoff South Korea Hee-Won Han 165,000
3 2 Aug 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open1 74-67-71-73=285 −3 3 strokes Australia Karrie Webb 335,000
4 13 Nov 2011 Lorena Ochoa Invitational 69-68-68-71=276 −12 4 strokes South Korea I.K. Kim
Sweden Anna Nordqvist
200,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2004 Wendy's Championship for Children South Korea Hee-Won Han Won with par on first extra hole
2 2012 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship Norway Suzann Pettersen Lost to birdie on third extra hole
3 2013 LPGA Championship South Korea Inbee Park Lost to birdie on third extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ()
1 9 Aug 1998 McDonald's WPGA Championship 71-69-67-69=276 −12 5 strokes Sweden Helen Alfredsson
England Laura Davies
45,000
2 12 Aug 2007 Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika 71-74-66-68=279 −10 3 strokes Sweden Sophie Gustafson
United States Laura Diaz
78,750
3 2 Aug 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open1 74-67-71-73=285 −3 3 strokes Australia Karrie Webb 235,036
4 20 Aug 2011 Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open 70-65-76=201 −15 10 strokes United States Hannah Jun 33,000
5 5 Aug 2012 Ladies Irish Open 67-71-71=209 −7 1 stroke Norway Suzann Pettersen 52,500
6 1 Sep 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open 71-67-70=208 −8 2 strokes England Hannah Burke 31,537

Other wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 9 Nov 1996 Holden Women's Australian Open (ALPG Tour) 72-74-68-69=283 −12 3 strokes Australia Karrie Webb
2 25 Jan 2009 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup (unofficial LPGA event) 69-69=138 −6 5 strokes United States Kristy McPherson

1 The Ricoh Women's British Open is co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.
Majors championships are shown in bold.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2009 Ricoh Women's British Open −3 (74-67-71-73=285) 3 strokes Australia Karrie Webb

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP DNP T13 T7 T27
LPGA Championship CUT DNP T25 T37 CUT CUT
U.S. Women's Open DNP T52 27 CUT T8 T44
du Maurier Classic CUT T12 T41 T14 5 T46
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship CUT T51 5 5 44 CUT T2 CUT DNP
LPGA Championship T30 8 T37 T61 T49 CUT T10 CUT DNP
U.S. Women's Open T4 T22 T22 19 T31 19 T16 T17 DNP
Women's British Open ^ T3 T35 CUT T29 21 CUT T7 T38 1
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T15 CUT T15 T7 T11
U.S. Women's Open CUT T21 CUT T15 T10
Women's British Open CUT T5 T10 T11 CUT
LPGA Championship T34 T34 T36 2
The Evian Championship ^^ T64

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

  • Starts – 72
  • Wins – 1
  • 2nd place finishes – 2
  • 3rd place finishes – 1
  • Top 3 finishes – 4
  • Top 5 finishes – 9
  • Top 10 finishes – 17
  • Top 25 finishes – 34
  • Missed cuts – 17
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
Made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
Finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
1995 22 13 0 0 0 0 T12 37,832 101 73.59 90
1996 27 17 0 0 0 1 T5 76,490 79 73.12 66
1997 30 21 0 1 1 4 T2 221,276 33 72.15 31
1998 26 18 0 0 0 0 T13 118,157 63 72.33 54
1999 30 23 0 1 1 7 2 370,162 21 71.53 21
2000 28 23 0 0 0 7 5 278,382 32 72.10 24
2001 29 26 1 1 2 10 1 747,970 10 71.41 18
2002 28 26 0 2 0 8 T2 567,394 15 71.22 13
2003 27 26 0 0 1 7 3 506,273 21 71.22 20
2004 28 27 1 0 0 6 1 650,444 14 71.16 17
2005 26 25 0 0 6 12 3 776,924 10 71.46 12
2006 18 13 0 0 0 1 T4 191,153 65 72.90 83
2007 18 17 0 1 0 6 T2 518,366 28 72.16 25
2008 22 18 0 1 0 3 T2 433,726 41 71.92 35
2009 10 9 1 0 0 3 1 480,678 26 71.44 21
2010 18 14 0 0 0 2 T6 264,717 40 72.16 37
2011 19 18 1 0 0 6 1 692,340 16 72.04 11
2012 20 18 0 1 0 7 2 714,272 18 71.09 13
2013 21 18 0 1 1 5 2 643,896 21 71.50 28
  • official through 24 November 2013 [26]

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2006 45 [27]
2007 26 [28]
2008 38 [29]
2009 16 [30]
2010 31 [31]
2011 21 [32]
2012 14 [33]
2013 11 [34]

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Curtis Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1990, 1992 (winners), 1994 (tie, Cup retained)

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 29 12–9–8 5–1–1 4–5–4 3–3–3 16.0 55.2
1998 3 1–2–0 0–1–0 lost to S. Steinhauer 3&2 1–1–0 won w/ A. Sörenstam 3&2,
lost w/ A. Sörenstam 3&2
0–0–0 1.0 33.3
2003 5 3–1–1 1–0–0 def. R. Jones 3&1 1–0–1 won w/ J. Moodie 5&3,
halved w/ J. Moodie
1–1–0 lost w/ L. Davies 2&1,
won w/ J. Moodie 4&3
3.5 70.0
2005 5 2–2–1 1–0–0 def. W. Ward 3&2 0–1–1 halved w/ C. Koch,
lost w/ A. Sörenstam 1 dn
1–1–0 won w/ A. Sörenstam 2&1,
lost w/ C. Koch 1 dn
2.5 50.0
2007 4 3–1–0 1–0–0 def. L. Diaz 3&2 1–1–0 lost w/ A. Sörenstam 4&2,
won w/ A. Sörenstam 1 up
1–0–0 won w/ I. Tinning 4&2 3.0 75.0
2009 4 1–1–2 1–0–0 def. K. McPherson 3&2 0–1–0 lost w/ J. Moodie 2&1 0–0–2 halved w/ M. Hjorth,
halved w/ D. Luna
2.0 50.0
2011 4 2–0–2 1–0–0 def. P. Creamer 6&5 1–0–1 won w/ A. Muñoz 3&2;
halved w/ A. Muñoz
0–0–1 halved w/ S. Gal 3.0 75.0
2013 4 0–2–2 0–0–1 halved with G. Piller 0–1–1 lost w/ J. Ewart Shadoff 3&2;
halved w/ C. Hull
0–1–0 lost w/ C. Masson 2&1 1.0 25.0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "St Rule Trophy". St. Andrews Links. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Previous Curtis Cup Matches 1932-2002". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  4. ^ "1992 Curtis Cup". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  5. ^ "1994 Curtis Cup". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Scots staying home on range". Scotland on Sunday. 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-03-31. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Catriona Matthew Player Profile". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Keeping the hardware". CNN. 1998-09-20. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  9. ^ "Tough play being the reserve". BBC. 2002-09-17. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  10. ^ "Reid chooses wild cards amid controversy". LET. 2002-08-25. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  11. ^ "Biting back". Scottish Golf. 2002-10-16. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  12. ^ "European Team announced". LET. 2003-08-25. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
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  14. ^ "Five in-progress matches conceded". ESPN. 2003-09-14. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  15. ^ "The 2005 European Solheim Cup team announced". LET. 2005-08-28. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  16. ^ "Moodie and Matthew flying the flag at World Cup". LET. 2005-02-11. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  17. ^ "Stellar field for Women’s World Cup of Golf". LET. 2005-11-14. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  18. ^ "Internationals win The Lexus Cup". LET. 2005-12-12. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  19. ^ "Matthew wins Scandinavian TPC Hosted by Annika". Ladie European Tour. 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  20. ^ "Matthew wins Brazil Cup tournament by 5 strokes". Golf.com. 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  21. ^ "New Mother Matthew Wins Women's British Open". The New York Times. 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]
  22. ^ "Matthew loses playoff at 2013 LPGA Championship". LPGA. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  23. ^ "Fire starter". Golfweek.com. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-31. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Matthew forgets hotel blaze, shares Open lead". 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  25. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 19. 31 December 2009.
  26. ^ "Catriona Matthew stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  27. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 26 December 2006
  28. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 25 December 2007
  29. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 30 December 2008
  30. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 29 December 2009
  31. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 28 December 2010
  32. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 27 December 2011
  33. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 31 December 2012
  34. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings 30 December 2013

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