Diaz is Solheim Cup vice-captain

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 13, 2013
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 old, so there's a lot more that goes into it than just when she was a commentator. I would like to believe that she was playing that match with me and she was feeling what I was feeling and words came out that, you know, they were just words.'' Pepper reiterated that she thought she was off the air when she made the comment. ''I made one crucial mistake,'' Pepper said. ''I said something that I have said to myself numerous times and it happened to go out over the air. But I think the thing that is most important to remember about the Solheim Cup itself is that while it drives passion and that can sometimes scar a friendship, Solheim Cup is also way bigger to mend it again.'' Mallon thinks the fiery duo will make perfect assistants. ''If they're OK with it, the rest of us are OK with it and I'm happy to see this,'' Mallon said. ''And I'm no dummy. These two love this event and they should be together enjoying this event together, so I'm happy about it.'' Diaz plans to play a full schedule this season and hopes to qualify for the U.S. team. ''When I talked to Laura about it, I knew she was playing a full-time schedule and I felt that Laura could easily have a big year this year and make the team,'' Mallon said. ''I felt that she could do both, be a playing assistant if that came around, so I didn't have a problem with that whatsoever. I just knew I needed Laura on this team and by our side.'' Diaz, a four-time Solheim Cup player, won her two LPGA Tour titles in 2002. ''It is the greatest honor in my career,'' Diaz said. ''When Meg asked me, I was really just in awe, surprised, shocked.'' Liselotte Neumann will captain the European team, with fellow Swedes Annika Sorenstam and Carin Koch serving as vice captains. Europe won the 2011 event in Ireland. The Americans lead the series 8-4, going 6-0 at home.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hawks not shopping Al Horford at NBA trade deadline

Report: Lincecum has been throwing in secret location

RG3 passes exit physical, clears way for release

Bryce Harper has great response to $400 million contract question

Cavs discussed three-team deal that would net them Melo

Celtics reportedly discussing Kevin Love trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

New York Giants to pursue Matt Forte?

Joe Mauer to try wearing sunglasses to improve pitch tracking

Charles Woodson joining ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' team

A’s land Khris Davis from Brewers for prospects

Family of deceased Kyle Field construction worker awarded $53 million by jury

Chris Bosh to miss All-Star Game with calf injury, Al Horford to replace

Chaotic Cleveland should stick with Kevin Love, halt the rumors

Kevin Durant was ‘shocked’ by Derek Fisher firing

Why the Virginia Cavaliers are a National Championship contender

Cardiff City owner tells team to shoot more, because ugly men can marry beautiful women

Report: American Pharoah will make $35 million as stud in 2016

City hosts Tottenham in Valentine’s Day clash

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Is there a place for Aaron Hill with the Brewers?

The market for forwards may shape the NHL trade deadline

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

The most intriguing NBA story lines for the rest of the season

Report: Timberwolves ‘lament’ Andrew Wiggins missing weight-lifting sessions

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker