Not sure about that one…

The LPGA Tour is introducing a language policy starting in 2009 stating that players must speak English in order to play on the tour. Apart from what is being written about Annika Sorenstam’s farewell tour this could be the most press the LPGA Tour gets this year. I am not sure this is the kind of publicity they were after though. Comments in various media about the policy include describing it as a double bogey and the organisation is accused for choosing a not very clever route; “The LPGA No Habla Intelligente”. The latter one has a really interesting take on the ‘problem’. I guess you can understand that an American organisation that focuses on attracting sponsorship from an American market wants their players to be able to communicate with their potential customers. At the same time it is easy to see that this kind of thinking is most probably a bit narrow minded. The biggest growth in golf and particularly in women’s golf in the future is quite likely not going to be in the United States, but in various parts of Asia. So maybe a better policy would have been to try and get the American players to speak some other languages as well?

It is, as always, a busy weekend in the World of Golf. In the amateur game the ‘two sides’ in Europe met Friday-Saturday, Great Britain and Ireland vs the rest of Europe in both boys’ and men’s golf. In the St Andrews Trophy GB&I came out victorious, 13.5-10.5, and the GB&I boys in the Jacques Leglise Trophy proved to be just as strong and beat their opponents 14-10 after a very strong second day.

As the EGU Order of Meritis approaching its finish for the season, the Lee Westwood Trophy was played at Rotherham Golf Club. Gary Wolstenholme won one shot ahead of Sam Haywood, on fire with a last round 63 which took him to second place.

Top 5 in the Lee Westwood Trophy;

1  Gary Wolstenholme Carus Green 68 66 65 68 267
2  Sam Haywood Rotherham 69 69 67 63 268
3  Jack Senior Heysham 70 70 70 64 274
4  Matthew Swales Cumberwell Park 71 71 65 68 275
5  Nick McCarthy Moortown 68 73 67 69 277

Lastly, there are interesting things going on on both sides of the Atlantic as the Ryder Cup selection reaches crunch time. On the European Tour the attention this week goes to Gleneagles while the PGA Tour continues its FedEx Cup with a visit to the TPC of Boston and the Deutsche Bank Championships. This tournament finishes on the Monday which I once found out the hard way when I visited the tournament. I had my return ticket booked for the Sunday night not thinking about the Monday Bank Holiday!




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