Neumann set to return, captain Euro Solheim team in 2015?

By Randall MellApril 5, 2014, 8:06 pm

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Is Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann poised to return as the European Solheim Cup captain?

Neumann, who made history leading the Europeans to their first victory on American soil last year, is at the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week, visiting with players and watching the action at Mission Hills. She lives here in Rancho Mirage.

The Ladies European Tour is scheduled Friday to announce the Euro Solheim Cup captain for the matches next year at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany. When asked Neumann directly Saturday morning if she was going to return to lead the Euros again in 2015, she smiled politely and shrugged her shoulders.

“I can’t say,” Neumann said.

While it might be Annika Sorenstam’s job when she's ready, there's still a question of whether the timing's right for her. She’s immersed in her business interests and raising a 4-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. She was a vice captain for Neumann last year.

Neumann, 47, didn’t just lead the Euros to their breakthrough title on American soil at Colorado Golf Club last year. She helped them win the most lopsided rout in Solheim Cup history. It makes sense she would return, given what a huge hit she was in the role and given how the Euros like to bring their captains back. Since the biennial competition was first staged in 1990, Europe has had just seven captains. Four have served in multiple competitions. Mickey Walker, who captained the first European team, was brought back three times as captain. Dale Reid served in back-to-back competitions. So did Catrin Nilsmark and Alison Nicholas.

Neumann, who became the first Swede to win a major when she claimed the U.S. Women’s Open in 1988, says she’s still enjoying congratulatory words from players and fans at Mission Hills this week.

“A lot of people are recognizing me and saying `Hey, good job at the Solheim,’ even a lot of Americans, which is nice,” Neumman said.

Neumann said last summer’s victory in Colorado ranked among the greatest thrills of her career. She said she will never forget what it felt like when players on her team lifted her up on their shoulders in the immediate aftermath of the victory.

“It was probably one of the happiest moments of my life,” Neumann said.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

Getty Images pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: