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Pepper's comments still anger Diaz

If you see Laura Diaz and Dottie Pepper together, make sure there is extra security there. There is no love between the two Capital Region natives.

In an interview with The Associated Press after Friday’s second round of the Women’s British Open, Diaz, a Scotia native, is still angry about comments Pepper, a Saratoga Springs native, made during last year’s Solheim Cup.

Pepper, a former LPGA player who is emerging as a fine golf commentator for NBC and The Golf Channel, called the United States team “chokin’ freakin’ dogs” on The Golf Channel’s telecast. Pepper, who was upset with the way the U.S. was letting points slip by, thought the channel had gone to a commercial break when she made the remark.

Diaz said Pepper is no longer a friend.

“To be honest, I don’t think to this day I will ever in my life do an interview with her,” Diaz said. “It really affected me, and Solheim wasn’t a time to talk about it.

“Dottie was a family member to me and I don’t even see her as a friend any more. I think that it was a really low blow and highly disappointing, really, because I think, that as a golfer, you appreciate golf and what we are doing out here. It really affected us in our hearts.”

Pepper, who is working on NBC’s telecast of the U.S. Senior Open this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo, was stunned by Diaz’s comments.

“The way Laura has chosen to handle the situation publicly is really disappointing,” Pepper said in an e-mail to the AP. “I hope her heart will, at some point, recognize the comment was not personal, highly emotional and certainly never meant to be heard over the air. I have made myself available to her, but she has chosen not to talk, scream at me or whatever else she feels she needs to do for her peace of mind.”

Who doesn’t love a good feud? Maybe the two can settle their differences on the golf course.

But Diaz should realize that Pepper is paid to express her opinions. I’d rather have someone be honest with how they feel about how a team is playing than making excuses. Diaz should get over it.

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