Catriona Matthew was born in Edinburgh, and grew up in North Berwick. She learned to play golf on the Children's Course and North Berwick West Links. She had a successful junior and amateur career, becoming Scottish Girls champion in 1986 and Scottish Under-21 Stroke Play champion in 1988 and 1989. She won the Scottish Amateur title in 1991, 1993 and 1994, and the British Amateur title in 1993. Catriona turned professional in 1995.
Catriona’s first professional win came in the Holden Women's Australian Open in 1996. Catriona has continued to win consistently during her professional career.
In 2009, Matthew won the Ricoh Women's British Open with a final score of 3-under-par over second-place finisher Karrie Webb, her first win in a major tournament. She is the first player from Scotland to win a women's major golf tournament.
She has been an eight time Solheim Cup player and represented Scotland three times in the World Cup of Golf. She has also played on many other representative teams including the Lexus Cup, the Handa Cup and The Queens.