Continued from page 1

“I played a lot here as an amateur … so I know it very well,” said Matthew, who won at Royal Lytham two years ago, 10 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter and three weeks before her 40th birthday.

“It’s a tough test, but like any links course it depends on the wind. If there’s no wind, none of them are overly difficult,” she said. “If you can drive the ball well, you’ll have a lot of birdie chances out there. Keep out of the bunkers and you’ve got a great chance.”

Melissa Reid of England won the Dutch Open in June and is fourth on the European Tour money list.

“I certainly feel my game is more mature than it was a year ago. My swing feels a lot better, and I feel very calm this week,” Reid said. “This is definitely one of the top five courses I have played and I feel quite settled here.”