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Thinking she was off the air, Dottie Pepper shocked viewers by showing them that the C word isn't used only at Miller time
September 23, 2007

During the 1998Solheim Cup, the Europeans were so chapped at Dottie Pepper (she had let out aloud "Yes!" when her opponent, Laura Davies, missed a putt—in 1994!)that they attached her picture to a punching bag in the team room. This yearthe U.S. had reason to do the same. On Saturday, after Sherri Steinhauer misseda three-footer on the 18th hole that would have won her foursomes match,Pepper, an analyst for the Golf Channel [and a columnist for SI Golf Plus],said, "Choking freakin' dogs!" while not realizing she was still on theair. U.S. captain Betsy King declined comment on the remark, but Euro captainHelen Alfredsson said, "There's no putt that feels easy, and to make acomment like that, I find that quite improper. It doesn't matter if it's for usor them."

Pepper wasproperly chagrined. "I take responsibility for my statement," she toldviewers on Sunday, "and apologize for using a horribly insensitivephrase." Don McGuire, senior vice president of programming at the GolfChannel, said the channel was to blame. "We definitely let her down byallowing that feed to go out," he said. But Pepper chose not to hide behinda technical error. "I certainly never meant anything malicious," shetold SI, "but as a journalist now, I can't be for or against one side orperson. I reacted to what I saw as a former Solheim Cupper who bleeds red,white and blue and has gagged away a few poits herself. I am guilty ascharged."

Paula Creamer of U.S. was the only golfer to play all five sessions and goun-defeated. In singles Creamer faced Maria Hjorth of Sweden, to that point theonly undefeated European, but it was no contest as Creamer went 4 up after IIholes before eventually winning 2 and 1.

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Nicole Castrale 2-2-0 Becky Brewerton 1-1-1
Paula Creamer 2-0-3 Laura Davies 2-1-1
Laura Diaz 1-1-1 Sophie Gustafson 0-2-2
Natalie Gulbis 1-2-0 Bettina Hauert 0-2-0
Pat Hurst 2-1-1 Maria Hjorth 1-1-3
Juli Inkster 2-0-2 Trish Johnson 0-1-2
Brittany Lincicome 0-2-1 Catriona Matthew 3-1-0
Cristie Kerr 1-3-1 Gwladys Nocera 1-2-1
Stacy Prammanasudh 1-0-2 Suzann Pettersen 1-1-2
Morgan Pressel 1-2-1 Annika Sorenstam 2-2-1
Angela Stanford 2-0-1 Iben Tinning 1-2-1
Sherri Steinhauer 1-0-2 Linda Wessberg 1-0-1

OH, BROTHERS!After Steinhauer and Laura Diaz double-bogeyed and bogeyed back-to-back holesearly in their windblown foursomes match against Hjorth and Gwladys Nocera onSaturday, Steinhauer noticed that her four brothers, who were following theaction inside the ropes, had taken off their matching red hats with sherristitched on the front. Miffed, she walked over and said, "What are youdoing? Put your hats back on!" They did, and the Americans came back tohalve the match.

The Steinhauerboys still live in their hometown of Madison, Wis., and have long served as aninspiration for their baby sister. When Sherri, 44, was four, she was given herchoice of a toy after getting a shot at the doctor's office. She chose a set ofplastic clubs "because I wanted to play golf like they did," she says.Like Sherri, an All-America at Texas, three of the Steinhauer brothers playedgolf in college: Gary, 53, and Tom, 52, at Wisconsin, and Randy, 49, at Drake.Only Chuck, 55, did not play collegiately. But none can remember the last timethey beat her. "I came close once recently," says Gary, "but shecalled the game because of darkness."

PHOTOANDERS WIKLUND/SCANPIX/AFP/GETTY IMAGESWIGGED OUT Sorenstam (left) and Tinning tried to lighten the Euros' mood.

Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
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Double Bogey (+2)