Dottie's Mailbag

September 09, 2007

I FIND IT ANNOYING WHEN LPGA PLAYERS HAVE THEIR CADDIES ASSIST IN LINING UP THE SHOT. IS THERE ANY CHANCE THIS PRACTICE WILL BE DISALLOWED TO SPEED UP PLAY? --Mike Angolia, via e-mail

Yes, caddies' lining up players adds to the snail-like pace, although it's not only an LPGA issue. Nick Faldo had Fanny Sunesson line him up. It is not illegal, but it's definitely annoying. (Full disclosure: I did it myself for a while.) It needs to go away, but when it comes to speeding up play, so do a few other practices. Marking tap-ins is beyond annoying and not necessary. Unless you are going to put your size 12DDDs right in someone's line, get on with it. The alignment mark on the ball is another time-consuming crutch.

WHY DIDN'T THE WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN GET MORE TV COVERAGE? --Bergen Williams, via e-mail

I, too, was disappointed with the amount of coverage of this year's Women's British, as it is not only a major, but was also played at the home of golf, St. Andrews. This is not a slight against the LPGA, but the result of the package deal ABC/ESPN and TNT have to air the three Open championships. All are expensive to put on, and given the number of hours devoted to the men's Open, the women and seniors come up short. Is it fair? Absolutely not. Is it the reality of business? Yes.

I OFTEN HEAR GOLF ANALYSTS SAY, "THAT WAS AN UNFORCED ERROR." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN GOLF? --Gene Bella, via e-mail

It's an easy explanation for a lousy shot when the situation wasn't that tough, but it needs to stay at Wimbledon. I'm sure I've used that cliché, but it's a term I despise and try to avoid.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO KELLY ROBBINS?

--Stew Gillett, Phoenix

In 2005 Robbins, winner of nine LPGA titles, ruptured a disc that hit the sciatic nerve. She was given a medical exemption by the LPGA and played 14 events in '06, making two cuts. This year she's made three cuts but hasn't completely recaptured her old form.

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THREE PHOTOSDAVID WALBERG (PEPPER); BOB MARTIN (LORENA OCHOA); DAVID CANNON/GETTY IMAGES (ROBBINS)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)