There was a time when Laura Diaz said she'd never look at Dottie Pepper the same, would no longer even consider her a friend.
Now, the two will serve alongside each other as assistant captains for the 2013 US Solheim Cup team. Credit captain Meg Mallon for keeping things interesting.
"I started laughing," said Pepper, when asked for her initial reaction to Mallon's pick.
Pepper cried when she was named Mallon's assistant in July 2012, and Diaz did the same on Wednesday at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. After Pepper drew sharp criticism from players for an on-air gaffe at the 2007 Solheim Cup, she was seemingly blackballed from the captaincy process. Mallon changed that with last year's pick. She hammered the point home even further by picking Diaz second.
"I have been slapped in the face with 'life is too short' in the last few years," said Mallon, "and life's too short."
The incident occurred in '07 when a retired Pepper referred to US players as "chokin' freakin' dogs" o...