Truth & Rumors: Dottie Pepper leaves NBC for PGA of America

Truth & Rumors: Dottie Pepper leaves NBC for PGA of America

Dottie Pepper, the former LPGA great turned television analyst, will leave NBC at the end of 2012 to begin a three-year long term as an independent director of the PGA of America Board of Directors, according to a report by USA Today.

"NBC wanted me to work more. And I can't do the things I want to do for golf if I'm in a suitcase for half the year doing announcing," Pepper told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "I really want to get more people playing golf and more women playing golf. We are totally missing the boat. I hopefully can help. It's the perfect time to step back and give a little more back to the game than taking from it."

According to the report, Pepper's role will be to help increase golf participation among juniors and women.

"I'm looking forward to an exciting and new chapter in my life. I'm thrilled and inspired by the people I will be working with at the PGA of America," Pepper said. "My experiences in golf can help shape the decisions that will be made. Expanding junior programs and expanding the number of women playing the game is what I hope to do.

After injuries forced Pepper to end her nearly 20-year LPGA career, she began a successful announcing career. She was the lead LPGA analyst for Golf Channel from 2004-2009 and has been working with NBC since then.