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Dottie Pepper out for rest of year

Dottie Pepper, who has won 17 times on the LPGA Tour, will miss the rest of this season because her left shoulder hasn't fully healed from surgery in March.

Pepper will also miss the Solheim Cup competition between the United States and Europe, to be played Sept. 20-22 in Edina, Minn.

``My shoulder just isn't ready for the daily grind of tour golf yet,'' said Pepper, who won the Nabisco Dinah Shore Championship in 1992 and '99. ``Withdrawing from the Solheim Cup was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make, but at the same time, it was also very easy because I simply would not be able to represent my team and my country the way I feel I could.''

Pepper is currently fourth in the Solheim Cup standings. She will be replaced on the team by the player who is 11th on the list on Sept. 1, the deadline for qualifying.

In her only start of the season, Pepper failed to make the cut at the ShopRite Classic last month.



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