Should Dottie Pepper be a Solheim Cup captain

By Randall MellFebruary 25, 2010, 4:22 am

Rosie Jones should make a terrific U.S. Solheim Cup captain, but her appointment today is the first real evidence that Dottie Pepper might be forever frozen out of that role.

We all know why.

When Pepper called the American team “choking freaking dogs” during the Solheim Cup in Sweden in 2007,  it upset LPGA officials and players. Pepper never meant the comment to be aired as it was caught when she thought Golf Channel had broken away for a commercial.

Pepper knows three years haven’t healed those wounds.

“I could in no way fit [Solheim Cup captain] into my schedule, but because of the issue in Sweden I don’t believe I will ever be in the conversation,” Pepper said via text message when I asked her today what she thought of her Solheim Cup prospects.

It was a change in sentiment from when I asked Pepper the question before the last Solheim Cup. She said then that she didn’t have time to be captain but she hoped “down the line” that would happen.

The sentiment among LPGA insiders is that Meg Mallon and Juli Inkster rank 1 and 1A on the future U.S. Solheim Cup captain’s list and the only reason Mallon wasn’t named this time around is that she’s making a recommitment to playing this season after spending the last few years dealing with injuries and serious family health issues. Inkster also remains a full-time player.

There’s little doubt Mallon and Inkster will follow Jones when the timing’s better for them. The question is whether Jones jumped in front of Pepper on the waiting list. Pepper’s a 17-time LPGA winner with two major championships to her credit. If not for the controversy in Sweden, could Pepper have been talked into making time to be the Solheim Cup captain?

What do you think? Does Pepper deserve to be captain someday?

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.