LPGA requires English

 | August 27, 2008 3:44 PM

Beginning next year the LPGA requires all Tour players speak English and if they don’t they’ll be suspended.

I agree with this article’s assessment, LPGA’s English only edict: Dumbest rule ever.

I’m sorry. I’m just not getting why this isn’t the dumbest rule in the history of sports. OK, not just dumb. But certainly jingoistic and, by almost any measure, racist.

Consider this: There are apparently 121 players from 26 nations currently playing on the tour. But, reportedly, the rule was specifically explained to one particular group of players – South Koreans, who represent 45 of the foreign-born players.

And the LPGA didn’t explain it well. Reportedly, the players came away from the meeting thinking they’d lose their tour card, not merely be suspended, for failing to learn Englsh.

One Response to “LPGA requires English”

eyeman wrote a comment on August 30, 2008

This is borderline racism and they could potentially be sued. It seems like the LPGA doesn’t get the whole globalization thing like other sports, most notably basketball, have.

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