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Sept. 24, 2007
Sept. 24, 2007

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Sept. 24, 2007

SI Fantasy Plus
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
PRO FOOTBALL
  • It's a whole new ball game in Houston, where the pass-catch combo of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson is turning the Texans into a team to reckon with

GOLF
  • The first FedEx Cup is over and—surprise, surprise!—Tiger Woods took home the trophy, though he was far from the only winner

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • Leading the Detroit Tigers into the playoff hunt, centerfielder Curtis Granderson is having a historic season—and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy

MIKE COOLBAUGH

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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

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."

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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."

SHE CREAMERED'EM
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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INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
U.S.W-L-TEUROPEW-L-T
Nicole Castrale2-2-0Becky Brewerton1-1-1
Paula Creamer2-0-3Laura Davies2-1-1
Laura Diaz1-1-1Sophie Gustafson0-2-2
Natalie Gulbis1-2-0Bettina Hauert0-2-0
Pat Hurst2-1-1Maria Hjorth1-1-3
Juli Inkster2-0-2Trish Johnson0-1-2
Brittany Lincicome0-2-1Catriona Matthew3-1-0
Cristie Kerr1-3-1Gwladys Nocera1-2-1
Stacy Prammanasudh1-0-2Suzann Pettersen1-1-2
Morgan Pressel1-2-1Annika Sorenstam2-2-1
Angela Stanford2-0-1Iben Tinning1-2-1
Sherri Steinhauer1-0-2Linda Wessberg1-0-1

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.