I don’t follow golf, so I’m not sure what exactly the LPGA is thinking on this one (are English speakers losing too often to their international counterparts?) but it seems ridiculous. Other sports leagues which draw large numbers of international players (hello, MLB) seem to do just fine. Does anybody know more about the politics behind this, or about other sports leagues that have instituted similar rules?
[UPDATE] This AP article has more information. Apparently current Tour players have two years to pass an oral evaluation, or they will be suspended; new players must pass the evaluation immediately. Also, in case you were wondering: Tiger has no comment. Ah, the smell of xenophobia in the morning!