LPGA backs down on English-speaking requirement

From ESPN.com: LPGA won’t suspend players over English-speaking requirement

Under increasing criticism, the LPGA Tour on Friday backed off plans to suspend players who cannot speak English well enough to be understood at pro-ams, in interviews or in making acceptance speeches at tournaments.

The players all realize that learning English is in the best interests of themselves and the tour.   But how easily is it for someone to play golf full time and to learn another language?  How many Americans can even speak another language?

It just takes time to learn a new language.  Rafael Nadal in tennis speaks English a lot better now, but it’s been 5 years on the ATP tour.

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