Well, that didn’t take long.
The L.A. Times is reporting that the LPGA will suspend its recently implemented rule which required all of the tour’s players to be proficient in English.
Says LPGA Commisioner Carolyn Bivens, “After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the business opportunities for every [LPGA] Tour player. In that spirit, we will continue communicating with our diverse Tour players to develop a better alternative.”
After hearing the concerns. In other words, sponsors. Interesting. The decision was partly made to bridge the communication gap between the players and the big-wig corporate sponsors at the weekly pro-ams. And now it’s the sponsors who are saying, No thanks, we want no part of that.
The rule has just been suspended, so we may see it in some form again. The Tour is likely trying to figure out how to rebound from this public relations train wreck. It’s obvious the LPGA wants to do something about this communication issue, but I’m sure there’s a better way. Thankfully for them, this suspension will at least halt some of the potential lawsuits I discussed a couple of weeks ago.