Captain Moriya picks Matthew as partner
for $1million Aramco Team Series – Bangkok's headline pairing · Thai superstar selects Solheim Cup legend with captain's pick for this week's $1m LET event · Sister Ariya picks Scotland's Laura Beveridge; Charley Hull goes all English with Lauren Taylor · Double Dutch for Team Anne van Dam; Patty Tavatanakit picks Finland's Noora Komulainen
Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn will partner with Solheim Cup icon Catriona Matthew in one of the headline fourballs at this week's Aramco Team Series – Bangkok.
The hometown hero used her captain's pick in the pre-tournament draft to recruit the Scot, a major winner and 11-time tour champion but perhaps most revered for her back-to-back roles captaining Team Europe to Solheim Cup success.
Spanish Ladies European Tour (LET) rookie Paz Marfa Sans completes the professional side of the team, which also has an amateur golfer.
The event gets underway at Thai Country Club today.
"Playing in my home country is very exciting," said Moriya, who will be making her second appearance in an Aramco Team Series event.
"I wanted to pick the legend Catriona as she'll make me feel a lot more calm. Maybe I can learn from her, as well. I'm really happy with my team.
"For us, I think it's just a case of going out, enjoying it and having fun. If we do, I'm sure we'll be good!"
Asked if her captain for the week was a player she respected, Matthew said: "Oh, absolutely! I've played a lot with Moriya on the LPGA Tour over the years. I haven't seen her in a wee while, so I'm delighted to be playing together and being able to catch up."
Like her sister, Ariya too used her captain's selection to recruit a Scot -- Laura Beveridge. Anne-Charlotte Mora of France was the third addition to the team.
Asked about her captain's pick, the two-time major-winner said: "I've not known so much about Laura, but I had been looking at all the stats before picking her, so I'm pretty sure she's going to help the team."
Thailand's Pattya Tavatanakit, a major winner, picked Finland's Noora Komulainen
This week's debut Bangkok leg will be the first of five US$1million Aramco Team Series tournaments on the LET calendar for 2022, and the first with the three-day event's new format.
Updated from last year's inaugural series, the teams will now compete over only 36 holes -- the Thursday and Friday of the tournament -- with $500,000 prize money being split between the lowest scoring fourballs.
The final day of play will see only the lowest scoring 60 players and ties from the opening two days return to the course to battle it out for a share of another $500,000, this time in individual earnings.