Pepper enjoying being back in Solheim Cup fold

By Randall MellAugust 15, 2013, 8:58 pm

PARKER, Colo. – Dottie Pepper is enjoying being back in the mix at the Solheim Cup this week, but she isn’t sure what her return means for her chances of one day being named the American captain.

U.S. captain Meg Mallon made a surprising choice of Pepper as an assistant captain last year. Pepper, a dominant force in the Solheim Cup, alienated U.S. Solheim Cup players in ’07 when she thought she was off the air as an analyst for Golf Channel and called the Americans “choking freakin’ dogs.” Mallon surprised folks again last year when she named Laura Diaz her other assistant. Diaz was in the match that motivated Pepper’s remark and was one of the players most offended.

By bringing Pepper back into the fold as an assistant captain, Mallon appears to have opened the door to Pepper’s consideration as a future captain.

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While Hall of Famer Juli Inkster is the clear frontrunner for the next American captaincy, Pepper is a logical choice to follow, given her LPGA and dominant Solheim Cup record.

“Logic does not come into this,” Pepper cracked. “Ask Larry Nelson. It doesn’t come into any of this. I don’t have a say in it. Honestly, my life is so good, if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’m OK with being Larry Nelson, too.”

Nelson is one of the most decorated Americans to be skipped over for the American Ryder Cup captain’s role.

Pepper, 47, said she’s just enjoying her support role this week, focusing on chores and tasks that make Mallon’s job easier and puts players in the best positions to perform. While Diaz has taken a “team mom” role, Pepper has handled the task of managing operational details for Mallon, which includes strategy in how to play Colorado Golf Club.

The next Solheim Cup will be played at the St. Leon-Rot golf course near Frankfurt, Germany, in 2015. Inkster is the favorite to be the American captain there, unless she wants to wait to captain on American soil. The 2017 Solheim Cup site in the United States has yet to be named.

The future captains are named by a committee that includes the last three American captains, the LPGA commissioner, the LPGA president and the head of the LPGA board.

Pepper was 13-5-2 in her six Solheim Cup appearances. Her 14 points are third most in the American record book. Only Juli Inkster (18½) and Mallon (16½) have scored more.

“I just thought it was important for Dottie to be back involved with the Solheim Cup,” Mallon said. “Arguably, she was the face of the Solheim Cup in the '90s.  And I was on all those teams with her. And not being a part of it, for her, it wasn't right. And for the reasons, too. I mean, honestly, what happened, it was definitely a mountain out of a molehill.“People just needed to talk, and that's all I did, was just facilitate that.”

Mallon is on the committee that will name the next Solheim Cup captain. 

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1