Pepper welcomed back into Solheim Cup circle

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“When I came home and listened to the telecast and heard how she said it, I started laughing,” Mallon said. “Because I know Dottie and I knew she had inserted herself in that match and that’s what she would’ve called herself in that match. So I got it. From that point on, I felt like, OK, this is a little silly.”

It was no small thing, however, to sell Pepper’s return to the American team _ or to convince Pepper that coming back was in everybody’s best interest.

Meg told them, `You need to know the facts before you continue to harbor all of this,’” Pepper said. “That was a big deal.”

One of the deepest scars left from the affair was between Pepper and Laura Diaz, a player on the 2007 team who is serving as Mallon’s other co-captain this year. Pepper and Diaz go back _ way back _ to when Pepper dated Diaz’s brother back in high school. Diaz went years without speaking to Pepper. That relationship has been smoothed over, as well.

“I’ve known Laura Diaz since she was 6 years old and I went to prom with her brother,” Pepper said. “If you can’t eventually move past that, then we’re not very good people. Like I said in March (when she was announced as co-captain), the Solheim Cup is big enough to drive people apart but it’s also big enough to drive people together, and that’s what happened.”

Once considered a shoo-in as a captain someday, Pepper said she had “grown content with the thought that nothing would ever happen with me in the Solheim Cup again.”

Now that she’s back in the family, it doesn’t seem impossible anymore. But that debate is for later.

For now, she’s simply happy to be back.

Meg has brought the team together and she deserves a lot of credit,” British Open champion Stacy Lewis said. “Because we needed Dottie.”

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