Matthew's major triumph
Round-of-the-day 68 earns second place for Webb
Last Updated: 04/08/09 5:32pm
Catriona Matthew held on for a three-shot victory in the Ricoh Women's British Open to become the first Scotswoman to win a major.
Playing only her second tournament since returning to the game after the birth of her second daughter 11 weeks ago, Matthew kept her game together as her rivals floundered to win by three from former world number one Karrie Webb.
Three-time champion Webb of Australia carded the day's best round of 68, helped by a chip-in eagle at the 15th.
"I had a tear in my eye coming up the last," said the 39-year-old Matthew, who has been a professional for 14 years. "I was overcome by it all."
"To be honest, I didn't really play well today, but I holed vital putts for birdies at the 13th and 14th and hit my two best shots of the day onto the green at the long 15th."
Three clear with a round to go, things looked to be slipping away when she bogeyed the first, third and 10th and fell into a tie with Japan's Ai Miyazato, winner of last week's Evian Masters in France.
But then Matthew sank putts of 15 and 35 feet at the 13th and 14th and two-putted the long 15th for a third successive birdie to set her back on course for a one-over 73 and the £197,000 first prize.
Although she bogeyed the 17th, the big mistakes were being made elsewhere.
American star Paula Creamer, having climbed into second place, double-bogeyed the last and Miyazato double-bogeyed the 17th.