http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7583558.stm The LPGA has announced that from 2009 all tour players will be required to speak English. Under new regulations, all golfers who have been on the tour for two years must pass an oral exam or face having their membership suspended. There are 121 international players currently on the tour, including 45 from South Korea. Libby Galloway from the LPGA said: "This should be a priority in their professional development." She added the move was not meant to discourage foreign players from joining the LPGA, but to try to help the golfers and the game succeed. "We just wanted to be clear about our expectations," she said. "What we would do is work with them on where they fell short, provide them the resources they need, the tutoring. And when we feel like they need to be evaluated again, we would evaluate." It seems at least some of the players agree with the policy. Five-time major winner Se Ri Pak told www.golfweek.com: "We agree we should speak some English. "We play so good overall. When you win, you should give your speech in English. "Mostly what comes out is nerves. It's a totally different language in front of the camera. You're excited and not thinking in English." _____________________________________________________ What do you think about this? Having your membership to the tour taken away from you because you can't speak a certain language seems pretty crazy. Can you imagine if Nadal got booted of the tour a few years ago when his English wasn't very good? Seems a strange move if you ask me.