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Unfriendly Fire
Sonja Steptoe
October 05, 1992
Dottie Mochrie and Danielle Ammaccapane are such bitter rivals on the LPGA tour that when they shoot it out, it's time to take cover
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October 05, 1992

Unfriendly Fire

Dottie Mochrie and Danielle Ammaccapane are such bitter rivals on the LPGA tour that when they shoot it out, it's time to take cover

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At the Oldsmobile Classic two years ago, Mochrie's colleagues called her brash for—among other transgressions—charging ahead to the next tee and hitting her drive before her partners had finished putting out. As for Ammaccapane, she was considered self-absorbed because she refused to make room in her world for things like tact and because she lacked a working knowledge of the rules of golf. "I don't claim to know the rules," she says, after gleefully detailing her past infractions. "That's why we have a field staff."

Lately Mochrie's petulance seems to have subsided, which means she gets fewer fines for "conduct unbecoming an LPGA member." And Ammaccapane is trying to open up with an occasional "good shot" to her playing partners. Unless, of course, the partner is Mochrie.

That's not to say they don't respect each other's games. Last April at the Sega Women's Championship in Atlanta, Ammaccapane's second shot on the par-5 18th hole was short of the green, but Mochrie, who had a one-stroke lead, still expected her rival to birdie. "With her short game, I knew I would have to birdie to win," Mochrie said later. Sure enough, Ammaccapane chipped to nine inches from the cup, and she tapped in for a birdie and a share of the lead. Mochrie answered with a brilliant chip and a birdie of her own to win the tournament by a shot. Said Ammaccapane, "When [my chip] didn't go in, I knew I was playing for second because Dottie is too good of a player not to get up and down."

How sporting. So are they ready to bury the hatchet? No way.

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