Suzann Pettersen out of Solheim Cup, Matthew drafted in by Europe

Melissa Reid won her singles match in the 2015 Solheim Cup

Matthew, who was not surprised to miss out on one of Sorenstam's four wild-card picks after failing to make the cut in the recent Women's British Open at Kingsbarns, had her clubs with her due to the fact she's playing in next week's Canadian Open and had already practised with the rest of the European team earlier in the week when it became apparent that Pettersen might not be able to play.

Catriona Matthew, who came to Iowa as a vice captain for Team Europe, was the alternate chosen by captain Annika Sorenstam.

Matthew's Solheim Cup career record is strong.

She said: "I found out this morning that obviously that Suzann was not going to play, but I did play the golf course on Tuesday because Suzann was unsure what she was going to do".

Koch didn't have time to gather her team together to explain things as the action immediately rolled into singles play. So it's not going to be any more hard. We had Plan A, we've now switched to Plan B, and hopefully there will be no Plan C. "So, two Scots now on the team". "I think coming from them it means more", Inkster told reporters. "It's going to be an atmosphere we've never seen before".

Matthew, 47, who was appointed as vice-captain last month, will now be a playing member of the squad.

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"It was definitely a bit of a struggle getting through 18 holes in the weather", she said. "I thought that was my last chance".

But her results have declined and USA captain Juli Inkster told her that for the first time she wouldn't be playing.

Pettersen went for a run on Saturday before attending a wedding when she ruptured a disc in her back. "There's two Scots on the team now!" "After everything got announced I put my big-girl trousers on and was like 'All right".

She's confident that her underwhelming form this season can be put aside in the very different environment of team matchplay, where she has always excelled. "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". "Matchplay's always a different thing entirely". Catriona is a proven Solheim Cup performer who will be able to step right in and play with anybody. Pettersen meanwhile will serve as one of Sorenstam's vice-captains.

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.

She was likely to face a hostile reception from a crowd expected to number 120,000 or more over the weekend, and on the sidelines she's no longer a target for them.

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