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.
LOS ANGELES – Joaquin Niemann’s reward for two days of strong play at the U.S. Amateur was an opening match against Braden Thornberry. In what may have been his final event as an amateur, Niemann took the NCAA individual champion to the final hole before falling, 2 down, in the Round of 64 at Riviera. Niemann earned the sixth seed in qualifying but faced off in the first round against Thornberry, who needed to survive a 13-for-8 playoff Wednesday morning. Ranked No. 1 in the world, Niemann, 18, had signed to play college golf at the University of South Florida but now seems unlikely to ever set foot on a college campus. Niemann, from Santiago, Chile, said he did not perform well on the TOEFL
Players in the early rounds of the U.S. Amateur golf championship might have a couple of friends, maybe their parents, walking the course with them, quietly urging them on. The atmosphere almost seems more like a weekend club tournament than the most prestigious amateur event in the world. Sahith Theegala has more of a throng following him, maybe 15 vocal family members and a similar number of enthusiastic friends and teammates from Pepperdine, where he will be a junior in the fall. Quiet? Hardly. When Theegala made a 25-foot, double-breaking birdie putt on the par-five 17th hole at Riviera Country Club on Wednesday, the response was instant and loud. “After that fist pump on 17, how loud they