Catriona Matthew earns a 2nd shot as captain after leading Europe to victory against the U.S. women this year
Granted: Another turn as captain of the European Solheim Cup, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, the Ladies European Tour announced Thursday. Matthew led Europe to a 14½-13½ victory against the Americans in September at Gleneagles in Scotland, the site of the announcement. Matthew, 50, whose four LPGA victories include the 2009 Women’s British Open, compiled an 18-11-8 record in nine Solheim Cups, including the 2013 edition at Colorado Golf Club, which was the Europeans’ only victory in the U.S. The biennial matches will be played in 2021 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The U.S. leads the series, 10-6.
Added: To the field for next month’s Hero World Challenge, Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson, tournament officials announced. The unofficial PGA Tour event, to be held Dec. 4-7 at Albany in the Bahamas, features an elite 18-man field that includes host Tiger Woods. Sixteen participants had been announced last month based on the Official World Golf Ranking. The addition of Spieth and Stenson completes the field. Spieth, a former No. 1-ranked player and the winner of the 2014 World Challenge, stands 43rd in the world. Stenson is 40th. The rest of the entrants, and their world rankings: No. 3 Dustin Johnson, No. 4 Justin Thomas, No. 5 Jon Rahm, No. 6 Patrick Cantlay, No. 7 Tiger Woods, No. 8 Justin Rose, No. 9 Xander Schauffele, No. 10 Bryson DeChambeau, No. 11 Webb Simpson, No. 14 Gary Woodland, No. 15 Patrick Reed, No. 16 Tony Finau, No. 21 Rickie Fowler, No. 22 Matt Kuchar, No. 35 Kevin Kisner and No. 38 Bubba Watson.
Delayed: For five hours because of toxic smog, the start of the first round of the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open India in New Delhi, Agence France-Presse reported. When play began Thursday at Classic Golf and Country Club, some players were wearing masks. The level of PM2.5 particles, which can enter the lungs and bloodstream, was measured at more than 20 times the safe limit established by the World Health Organization. The pollution increases as winter nears, with traffic exhaust, industrial emissions and agricultural burns being the main contributors.