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Kelli Anderson
September 24, 2007
Thinking she was off the air, Dottie Pepper shocked viewers by showing them that the C word isn't used only at Miller time
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September 24, 2007

Raw Material

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

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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

During the 1998 Solheim Cup, the Europeans were so chapped at Dottie Pepper (she had let out a loud "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 year the U.S. had reason to do the same. On Saturday, after Sherri Steinhauer missed a 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 the air. U.S. captain Betsy King declined comment on the remark, but Euro captain Helen Alfredsson said, "There's no putt that feels easy, and to make a comment like that, I find that quite improper. It doesn't matter if it's for us or them."

Pepper was properly chagrined. "I take responsibility for my statement," she told viewers on Sunday, "and apologize for using a horribly insensitive phrase." Don McGuire, senior vice president of programming at the Golf Channel, said the channel was to blame. "We definitely let her down by allowing that feed to go out," he said. But Pepper chose not to hide behind a technical error. "I certainly never meant anything malicious," she told SI, "but as a journalist now, I can't be for or against one side or person. 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 as charged."

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

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OH, BROTHERS! After Steinhauer and Laura Diaz double-bogeyed and bogeyed back-to-back holes early in their windblown foursomes match against Hjorth and Gwladys Nocera on Saturday, Steinhauer noticed that her four brothers, who were following the action inside the ropes, had taken off their matching red hats with sherri stitched on the front. Miffed, she walked over and said, "What are you doing? Put your hats back on!" They did, and the Americans came back to halve the match.

The Steinhauer boys still live in their hometown of Madison, Wis., and have long served as an inspiration for their baby sister. When Sherri, 44, was four, she was given her choice of a toy after getting a shot at the doctor's office. She chose a set of plastic clubs "because I wanted to play golf like they did," she says. Like Sherri, an All-America at Texas, three of the Steinhauer brothers played golf 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 time they beat her. "I came close once recently," says Gary, "but she called the game because of darkness."