Catriona Matthew will make her ninth playing appearance in the Solheim Cup this week after Suzann Pettersen withdrew from Team Europe with a niggling back injury.

Matthew, who is one of Annika Sorenstam’s vice-captains for the biennial battle with the US at Des Moines in Iowa, missed out on a wild card pick just a fortnight ago but the Scottish veteran has been drafted into frontline duty as Pettersen’s on-going problems with a slipped disk proved too much to bear.

Matthew, the 47-year-old from North Berwick, has earned 19 points from 33 matches down the seasons and has been a member of three winning teams in 2003, 2011 and 2013.

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She famously holed the winning putt in the 2003 Solheim Cup at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden and secured the half point to win the cup outright to seal Europe’s first away victory in Colorado four years ago.

Sorenstam said: “It's unfortunate that Suzann has to withdraw due to her back injury. The Solheim Cup has been such an important part of her career. It was a very tough decision, but I am proud of her and she will still be a leader this week.

“Catriona is a proven Solheim Cup performer who will be able to step right in and play with anybody. She's ready to go.”

Pettersen, a veteran of eight Solheim Cup campaigns, added: “I have made this extremely difficult decision to help the European team and give my team mates the best possible chance of success. There was no guarantee that I would be fit to compete on Friday morning and I did not want to play unless I was able to give 100 per cent. I truly love The Solheim Cup and I will stay and support my team this week in whatever way I can.”