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Golf’s LPGA Rethinks English Only Rule

After announcing plans last month to fine and suspend players who cannot speak English, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is backing off on implementing the new policy.

The LPGA said it wanted the foreign players to “communicate with our core audiences in English” so they could “know that effective communication in English is vital to LPGA business and the success of our members.”

But after receiving backlash from human rights groups, sponsors, and government officials opposed to such a xenophobic policy, the LPGA is rethinking its approach. With a membership of 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 from South Korea, Asians would be especially targeted.

LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn 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.”


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