A day after USA captain Juli Inkster urged the home fans not to heckle Suzann Pettersen, the controversial Norwegian pulled out of the Solheim Cup, which begins on Friday. She's a respected, non-controversial member of both the LPGA and the LET. Despite receiving further treatment from the osteopath on site, I withdrew Wednesday morning due to experiencing persistent pain.
After an 11th-hour call-up, Matthew said she would need to "refocus", and added: "It's fortunate that I've played in so many [Solheim] Cups before and I know what to expect".
"Obviously I was delighted when Annika asked me to be vice-captain".
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Inkster, who was critical of Pettersen's actions at the time, said she had spoken to the player in the immediate aftermath of the row and was confident the matter was now closed.
"Needless to say, we have had a lot of plans back and forth", said Sorenstam, who advised Pettersen to tell her teammates of the situation as soon as she got off the plane in Des Moines.
Meanwhile US skipper Inkster is nursing key player Lexi Thompson through practice with an injury, having already had to make a switch when Jessica Korda withdrew injured to be replaced by Paula Creamer. Pettersen was strangely reticent to reveal the detail behind what has been described as a recurring disc problem but answered with an emphatic "No" when asked if she had feared a hostile reception from home fans in Des Moines. "To have her part of the team, being in the locker room, will help". I hope we get there one day. "And then to go out to play the way she did".
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"Catriona has obviously played many times and she knows numerous players, and she's very easy to pair with so it's not going to be any more hard". So I kind of really stay out of it.
The leading players on either side are Lexi Thompson for the U.S. side and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist while the female game's greatest player of the modern era and one of the greatest of all time, Annika Sorenstam, will captain the European side with seven-time major victor Juli Inkster to lead the Americans.
To keep the concession controversy to a minimum, Inkster said rules officials have instructed players to appoint a designated person in the group in charge of giving putts. "Matchplay's always a different thing entirely". "This is about having fun, and I want to spread that through the team and just show them that I believe in them; that's why I'm here".
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Two-time major champion Pettersen has appeared in eight Solheim Cups but confirmed on Wednesday that she will be unable to represent Europe in Iowa.