Dottie Pepper - January 27, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 27, 2012, 3:23 pm

Dottie Pepper is a Golf Channel on NBC analyst and is also the co-author of a children’s book series called “Bogey Tees Off.” Meg Mallon was named Captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team and made some very nice comments about Pepper in her speech at the PGA Merchandise Show. She was unaware of the comments and having known Mallon for many years, she knows how good of a person she is and Pepper is really blown away by all of this.

The passion that she has for the Solheim Cup started with her experience in the Curtis Cup. The Curtis Cup was a big part of her amateur life and she really appreciated the opportunity that the Solheim Cup provided to play a great and spirited match play competition.

When it comes to the question of one day being a U.S. Solheim Cup captain, she has held off on thinking about such a thing for a number of years but when she discussed it with her husband, she got very emotional about it. It would be an honor to be asked to be an Assistant Captain for the U.S. Solheim Cup team but she wants to wait until she is actually asked before she speculates about the experience.

The “Bogey Tees Off” project came to her attention through a friend of hers who thought that she would be interested in participating. It started as a screenplay and she has really enjoyed being a part of the creative process to turn this into a series of books. Bogey is a range ball who does not want to be a range ball for his entire life and in fact wants to be a professional golfer. Bogey takes a journey where he learns a lot about himself and finds out that you do not have to be perfect to have ambitions and dreams.

In her opinion, the most captivating stories in 2012 will include Phil Mickelson and how he responds to his slow start this year, what will happen with the Ryder Cup at Medinah, how Olympic Club has changed since 1998 for this year’s U.S. Open, and also the LPGA Tour schedule for 2012 which is not perfect but is a great improvement for which Michael Whan deserves a great deal of credit.

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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.