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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Catriona Matthew named Ladies

European Tour Player of Year

Catriona Matthew was named as the Ladies European Tour Players’ Player of the Year in Dubai today.
The North Berwick golfer was recognised at an awards ceremony at Emirates Golf Club after her fellow competitors voted her as the LET member who had made the most sporting impact over the past 12 months.
A sensational year for the Scot 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, seven-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.
Catriona was presented with her award by Karen Lunn, the Chairwoman of the Ladies European Tour (picture above from LET website, Karen on left, Catriona on right) and said: “Obviously it’s fantastic. This is definitely the best award when it’s voted for by players. It’s capped off a good season for me. I’ve only played around 10 events and just happened to win the right one.
“I think Sophie changed my life quite a lot! A few sleepless nights but we’re getting into a routine now. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas at home with the family in Scotland.”
After a stellar amateur career, Catriona turned professional in 1995. Over 15 years as a professional she has won six international titles and played for Europe at The Solheim Cup on five occasions, including this year at Rich Harvest Farms in America.
This season, she finished second on the Ladies European Tour’s Henderson Money List and was 26th on the American money list after only 10 starts on the LPGA Tour. She is currently 16th on the Rolex World Rankings.
She is married to Graeme, who also caddies for her and is always at her side, including in August this year when she became a major championship winner.