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Friday, September 05, 2008

LPGA backtracks on plans to make
international players speak English

The LPGA Tour is having second thoughts about its controversial plan to make the ability to understand and converse in English mandatory for any player on the world's No 1 women's professional circuit.
LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said today she would have a revised plan in place by the end of the year that would not include suspensions, although fining non-English speakers remains an option.
The LPGA membership includes 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 from South Korea. Asians won three of the four majors this year.
"We have decided to rescind those penalty provisions," Bivens said in a statement. "After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the business opportunities for every tour player."