RICOH Women’s British Open
Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
Aug. 2, 2009
Catriona Matthew, 74-67-71-73=285 (-3)
Hole 1, 199-yard, par 3: bogey – 5-iron over, chip to 6 feet, 2-putt
Hole 3, 419-yard, par 4: bogey – pulled 6-iron, chip to 8 feet, 2-putt
Hole 10, 334-yard, par 4: bogey – unplayable lie in bush
Hole 13, 340-yard, par 4: birdie – 18-foot putt
Hole 14, 420-yard, par 4: birdie – 40-foot putt
Hole 15, 464-yard, par 5: birdie – 2-putt birdie
Hole 18, 386-yard, par 4: bogey – drive into bunker left, 9-iron out, 2-putt from 8 feet
COLIN CALLENDER: We have the 2009 RICOH Women’s British Open Champion, Catriona Matthew. Congratulations. What does it feel to be the champion?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Unbelievable. I never imagined coming back and playing here after not playing that I would win. It’s just it really has not sunk in yet. Amazing.
COLIN CALLENDER: You believe had in making things difficult for yourself you dropped a couple of shots today, but you managed to fight back.
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, I was definitely nervous this morning and pretty shaky start. Hit a good shot through the first, went through the back and missed the putt. I played 6 and 7 pretty badly, the two par 5s. Maybe thought I would get a birdie back there, but just kind of hung in and made a really good bogey, actually, on 10 /and then just a few birdies in a row sealed it.
Q. Can you give us the distances of the putts for the birdies on the back nine?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: 13 was probably about 18 feet.
14 was about 40 feet. It was long.
15 was a 2 putt birdie, and I hit probably the two best shots of the day on that green.
Q. You mentioned yesterday that you hoped the win would bring more girls on in Scotland; can you talk about now that you have done it what you hope will happen?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Obviously it’s fantastic to see the girls’ team were out there at the weekend, playing at Fairhaven in Internationals this week coming, and it was great to see them out there.
Obviously there’s going to be a lot of coverage with me winning this event, so hopefully we just get some more girls playing. I think the more you get playing, the more chances you’re going to get some more good players.
Q. Can you give us some idea of what you think this will mean for 39 year old mothers who have two children?I know you’re very you seem always very restrained but there are lots of people out there who think it’s horrific. Can you give us a feeling
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Oh, don’t me wrong, it is absolutely terrific. Well, 39, it sounds old, but I don’t feel that old. Hopefully I’ve still got a few more years in me. I feel as though I’m playing as well as I’ve ever played.
Yeah, just try and keep going for probably another few years. I think the difficult time will be when they start school, and we’ll reassess what we do then, but this has certainly spurred me on to play at least for another few years.
Q. When you go eagle, hole in one, did you ever let yourself think that perhaps it might be destiny, or did you just stay focused on one shot at a time?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: No, it was definitely wandering today. I was trying to think one shot at a time but finding it very difficult. I think the two eagles in a row was probably just slightly too early in the tournament to be thinking that.
But yeah, I think when I holed the putt on 14, I really thought, you know, this is mine for the taking now. I kind of let it slip a little bit, and others were kind of pushing at me a little bit. But I holed that putt, and I thought, “Right, come on, I’m never going to have a better chance, so let’s take it.”
Q. Were you watching leaderboards all day, and I wonder when you finally allowed yourself to think that it’s in the bag?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Once I hit my tee shot on 18, even though I had a three shot lead coming down there, you never know. Could just get plugged in the bunker or something on the tee shot. But once I got the tee shot on the fairway, I kind of reckoned even I could get it in the hole from there.
Q. You had been driving pretty steadily all week, and at some stage, you seemed to be struggling.
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I hit a few bad ones. On 14, I pulled it, luck I got a nice lie and hit a good second shot. Pushed it a bit on 17. I think nerves just who it comes down to.
Q. What advice did you take coming back from the doctors?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I didn’t really take any medical advice. I just kind of knew how I was feeling kind of thing. They just said start back when you feel able to, and I started practising slowly, and felt pretty much back to normal after about eight or nine weeks.
Q. Your playing partner was a bundle of fun all the way around; was that a distraction for you?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: No. Christina I was happy to play with. She couldn’t be more supportive. She probably kept me relaxed those last few holes. She’s a great person to play with. She was supporting me the whole way around and egging me on.
Q. Was that a help
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I don’t know. I don’t think that made a whole lot of difference to be honest, no.
Q. Given your inactivity until five weeks ago, what was a reasonable expectation coming here this week?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Coming to play last week and this week, I was really just hoping to make two cuts.
Q. I think you said after yours first child, it was first and second your first two tournaments?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yes.
Q. How many children are you planning to have?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: (Laughter) We have decided two is enough I think. Maybe I should have started sooner.
Q. (Did your husband offer you any advice at any stage)?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I was getting a little anxious, maybe a little bit down on myself on the front nine. Just said, “You’re still in the lead, keep going,” and that kind of really helped.
Q. Another one specifically requested by a woman writing for the front end of the paper here: She wanted to confirm it was natural birth?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yes, it was.
Q. And you said it was easier than the first one; can you tell us how long were in labour?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Four hours. It was very speedy. It was too speedy for an epidural, which is a bad thing.
CATRIONA MATTHEW: No, just lucky.
Q. What’s your schedule looking like now for the rest of the year?Obviously you’re a major champion now. It’s a double edged sword: You have a young family. But you’ve also got to take advantage of all your opportunities.
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, obviously I just heard that I’m going to be in the Solheim, so I’ll have to look. I’m not sure how the maternity policy works since I was only allowed to be ten, but maybe now I don’t need to take it that I’ve won. I just need to look at the schedule and see obviously I’m in events now that I didn’t obviously expect to be in. Obviously I would love to play in the Samsung and some of the end of the year ones.
Karrie Webb, 77-71-72-68=288 (E)
Q. Yesterday you said you might be too far away to make a challenge, and today, you’re right in there.
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah, I knew I needed to get it at least to even today and I’m hoping that’s good enough. The wind has not stayed as strong as it was, so I’ll be happy to get it into a playoff I think.
Q. What was the story of the round today?
KARRIE WEBB: I played pretty well. I made a couple of really key par putts, but I didn’t have much going on until the birdie and the 20 yard chip shot for eagle.
I knew I had to birdie the four last holes to get to even. I think even could be in a playoff but I think it would be lucky.
When I was walking up 18 I’ve continually been working on my putting and it’s been coming around. I felt really comfortable on the greens this week.
You know, once I got on the range I tried to switch it off because there was nothing I could do about it for the next five hours. I think I did a good job. Obviously I’m pleased with my last three rounds to get back to even.
I had a good week last week. I always love playing the British Open, so having a good week last week gave me a lot of confidence this week.