Catriona Matthew yesterday admitted that she wouldn’t turn down the chance to lead Europe into the defence of the Solheim Cup on American soil in two years’ time.

The 50-year-old Scot was still basking in the glory of Europe’s thrilling 14 ½ - 13 ½ victory over the USA at Gleneagles on Sunday as the biennial contest drew to the most dramatic conclusion of its 29-year history.

The Europeans, who ended America’s bid for a third successive cup win, will defend the trophy at the Inverness club in Ohio in 2021.

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After her triumphant stint as captain in her home country, many are backing Matthew to reprise the role on the other side of the Atlantic.

Matthew remained coy on the subject but admitted the offer would be a hard one to turn down.

“I will let this one sink in first but you never know, I wouldn’t say no,” said the Scot when asked about the prospect of a second term as captain.

Matthew believes that winning the Solheim Cup in her own country will not be topped and she admits the showpiece at Gleneagles had surpassed all her expectations.

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The manner of the victory – Suzann Pettersen won the final match on the final hole to give Europe a one point victory – was the icing on the cake.

Matthew added: “This exceeds it. The crowd there on the last green and at the closing ceremony was unbelievable.

“I think on the last green I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest. For it to be so close and to go to the last putt just makes it all the more exciting.”

Pettersen, who had not long returned to golf after having a baby, swiftly revealed that she would be retiring in the jubilant aftermath of Europe’s win and Matthew admitted the Norwegian’s announcement had taken her by surprise.

“She hadn’t told any of us,” added Matthew. “But, you know, she’s had such a great career. I can see why she wants to go out on a high.”

Asked if Pettersen may reconsider once the dust settles, Matthew said: “No, I can’t see Suzann changing her mind.”