One of the most ridiculous rules & penalties will be implemented in the highest level of women’s golf in the world towards the end of 2009. The LPGA will make it mandatory that all players speak & pass a test in English after 2 years of being in the LPGA. From ESPN.com, “Players were told by LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens that by the end of 2009, all players who have been on the tour for two years must pass an oral evaluation of their English skills or face a membership suspension. A written explanation of the policy was not given to players, according to the report.”
As indicated at the end, THERE WAS NO REASON. Not only was it stupid, it was failed to be justified. I’m utterly passionate about it because people of my diaspora are kicking butt in the field and honestly are dominating it, but these rules were put into place to hopefully discourage them? To have fewer Korean women dominate the sport? There was brief mention there were less sponsors on the tour. This is the closest to being somewhat reasonable because the purses depend on sponsorships, but how about focusing on what to do in order to get more sponsors rather than target the world outside the English speaking countries?
Are the victory speeches “in English” what the sponsors want? Come on… It’s having more players like an American born Korean MIchelle Wie. It’s having other exciting players similar to Tiger Woods. It’s multiple things to spice up the tour. Forcing English upon International players has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in sport.