Laura Diaz was appointed vice-captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team Wednesday, pairing her with Dottie Pepper six years after their friendship seemingly ended over Pepper's blunt televised comment during the matches.
Diaz, selected by captain Meg Mallon to join Pepper as an assistant for the August matches against Europe at Colorado Golf Club, was the most vocal critic after Pepper referred to the U.S. players as ''chokin' freakin' dogs'' during Golf Channel's coverage of the 2007 event. Believing the network was in a commercial break, Pepper made the comment after Diaz and Sherri Steinhauer settled for a halve when Steinhauer missed a 3-foot putt on the 18th.
''I think in most friendships words are said that people don't like,'' Diaz said at the LPGA Founders Cup. ''Sometimes it takes a little time to get over and sometimes it takes a longer time. ... We both are very passionate about the Solheim Cup.
''As much as Dottie and I have shared, I've known Dottie since I was 10 years o...