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American golf in a divot

An ESPN call previewing the British Open took a detour the other day when someone asked about Dottie Pepper's assertion on the Golf Channel that American golfers are "very soft and very pampered."

The subject at hand was the U.S. Women's Open, but American men have not exactly been on a roll, either.

ESPN analyst Andy North said he'd "be happy to weigh in'' on the topic and went well beyond golf to lament the entire state of sports in pampered America. Fore!

"There are not enough leaders because kids haven't had to be leaders," he said. "The parents make all the decisions for them. They drive them around. They do everything they need to do for them.

"I think that affects building champions."

Kay then was silent for 105 seconds to let the pictures tell the story.

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