Players Comment on 'English Only'

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

South Korea's Se Ri Pak defended the LPGA Tour in the wake of its short-lived plan to suspend players who don't speak English well enough to satisfy sponsors, saying Wednesday that learning the language can benefit rising international stars.

Others at the Bell Micro Classic in Mobile, the first LPGA tournament since the controversy surfaced, also supported the goal of improving international players' English skills. But they disliked the idea of suspending non-English speakers, which was proposed and then quickly shelved after a blast of criticism.

The LPGA Tour membership includes 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 from South Korea. Asians won three of the four majors this year.

LPGA Tour spokeswoman Connie Wilson said Wednesday the language policy is still being written with input from players.

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