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Kathy Whitworth - September 22, 2011

Kathy Whitworth was the 1990 & 1992 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain and this year she is a U.S. Team Assistant Captain for Rosie Jones. She was involved with the formation of the Solheim Cup and she was not the only person to be more than just a bit skeptical at first. The Solheim family made a huge commitment by saying they would sponsor it for 10 years regardless of its success and they have stayed on because of its success. The time commitment required of everyone involved is unbelievable but the commitment helps to make this event as special as it is. At the inception of the Solheim Cup, the Ladies European Tour was struggling and the European teams lost by wide margins early on but they have improved a great deal and now they are incredibly competitive. She felt that Rosie Jones was just being realistic when she acknowledged that the rough weather could have a negative impact on the performance of the U.S. team this week. She does not know if the weather has a positive or negative impact on either team and ultimately when the weather is bad, it is going to be tough for everyone and if you have the right mindset, you can win regardless of the conditions.

There is no question that Lexi Thompson has the talent to be out on the LPGA Tour but it is a difficult decision to make regarding membership before the age of 18. In the past, the rules did not even allow for exceptions to be made when it came to the possibility of membership before the age of 18 and since the exceptions were allowed, it has made it even tougher for a commissioner to turn down a petition from Lexi Thompson or any other player under the age of 18 to become a member. She is with Annika Sorenstam when it comes to enforcing the rule that there should be no LPGA Tour members under 18 not because of ability but because of personal maturity. Lexi Thompson has been on this earth for just 16 years and while she is incredibly talented, being a professional golfer and a member of the LPGA Tour involves a lot more than just playing golf.