The score after Day 2 of the Solheim Cup: Chokin' Dogs 6 1/2, Europeans 5 1/2.
On a miserable, windblown, frigid day in Halmstad, Sweden, it was a "choke" comment from former American player Dottie Pepper that made as big a splash as anything her onetime teammates did.
The Americans let two victories in the morning matches slip away and settled for ties. Pepper, an analyst for The Golf Channel, thinking the telecast had gone to commercial, uttered, "Chokin' freakin' dogs" on the air.
Though that telecast was seen only in America, word spread quickly to Sweden. "I'm too involved with the Solheim Cup to worry about it," American captain Betsy King said. "Afterward, I'd be happy to comment about it."
Led by Suzann Pettersen, the Europeans split the 4 points in the morning foursomes. When the afternoon fourball matches were suspended by darkness, Europe led in three matches and was even in the other. Those matches will be completed early today, then followed by 12 singles matches.
Pettersen hit the shot of the day to salvage one of the ties. Standing in the rough to the left of the 18th fairway, she played a big hook around some trees in her path and nearly skimmed the flagstick with a shot that stopped 4 feet from the hole. Sophie Gustafson made the putt to halve the match against Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer.
European - Thomas Bjorn shot a 6-under 66 to share the third-round lead of the Mercedes-Benz Championship with Soren Hansen (71) at 12-under 204 in Pulheim, Germany.
Champions - R.W. Eaks shot rounds of 63 and 66 to take a three-stroke lead at the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C.