LPGA Takes A Mulligan On “English-Only” Policy

Remember the stink over the LPGA’s “English-Only” policy? With responding threats & anger from civil rights groups, politicians and their own sponsors, the golf organization has decided to back down.

Korean golfers

Instead, the LPGA is just “encouraging” their foreign players to learn to speak English. Commissioner Caroline Bivens issued a statement, and you can hear her back pedaling faster than Michelle Wie on a leaderboard after nine holes.

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LPGA To Its Players: Speak English Or Get Out

If you were to take a look at the LPGA’s money list for the 2008 schedule, you’d see a lot of foreign-born players populating the top of the list. Korean women, in particular, seem to be taking the sport over. Nine of the top 20 women on the LPGA money list are Korean, while only five were born in the United States.

On the surface, this is a good thing for the LPGA. It means that the sport of women’s golf is growing around the world, which will in turn make the sport better. Still, there’s some downsides to having so many foreign-born players on the tour, and that’s that nobody can understand what anybody is saying. Which is why the LPGA has told it’s players that they better learn to speak English, or they can get off the tour.

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