Veteran Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen was hoping to move past the furor she created at the 2015 Solheim Cup by helping return the trophy to Europe. Pettersen's balky back won't let her get that opportunity. Pettersen announced Wednesday that she was pulling out of this weekend's biennial tournament between the U.S. and Europe because a slipped disk. Scotland's Catriona Matthew, another longtime Solheim competitor, will take Pettersen's place when play begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Pettersen angered the Americans in Germany two years ago by insisting that Alison Lee be penalized for picking up her ball when she thought her short second putt had been conceded. The U.S.
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Even as a quarterfinalist in last year’s U.S. Amateur, Sahith Theegala didn’t emerge as a nationally-recognized talent until he qualified for the 2017 Genesis Open. Having never played Riviera until one day before qualifying, Theegala made the cut, was paired with Phil Mickelson and finished an admirable T-49. The Pepperdine junior-to-be also qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open, where he missed the cut but enjoyed a late evening practice round with the last two national champions, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Yet the highlight of his week – and maybe his year – was playing before family and friends in a thrilling first round U.S. Amateur match against Gavin Hall.
Golf's complicated rulebook found another victim Tuesday, this time at the U.S. Amateur, where former Drexel golfer Chris Crawford was disqualified for using a distance-measuring device that had an activated slope reader accessed by his fill-in caddie. Crawford, 23, who lives outside of Philadelphia, got off to a good start earlier in his second round of stroke-play qualifying at Bel Air Country Club in Los Angeles and was in position to make the 64-player match play when he heard his caddie mention something about slope when getting a yardage from his distance-measuring device. "I was a little flustered and knew something was wrong," Crawford said via phone on Tuesday night. "I asked my caddie what the deal was with his range finder.