The announcement of Dottie Pepper as a Solheim Cup Assistant Captain was big news in Kohler on Wednesday. Mell said that he had the chance to talk to a number of players who were members of that 2007 U.S. team who heard Pepper’s controversial comments and while some of them have not forgotten what Dottie said, most seem to ready to move on and are happy to have someone as intense and competitive as Dottie Pepper as part of the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup team.
When asked about Blackwolf Run in 2012 vs. 1998, Mell said that while the change of the par to 72 from 71 will help, he still thinks that there will be a lot of high scores this week in part because there seems to be something mysterious about this course where anything can happen. Mell used the example of Meg Mallon making a 9 during the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open.
Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, turned pro after four years at Wake Forest University. Woods made her professional debut in the Wegmans LPGA Championship where she missed the cut and she is making her second professional start this week in the U.S. Women’s Open. Mell said that he could not think of a tougher pair of events during which to begin your professional career but added that Cheyenne seems very realistic about her goals and Mell thinks that we could be seeing success from her sooner than we think.