PGA Tour players react to LPGA's rule on English 

August, 27, 2008
NORTON, Mass. -- The LPGA has introduced a rule that all players must be able to pass an oral evaluation test in English or face a suspension, and the news is making the rounds on the PGA Tour, where pros are preparing for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

"I think it's half-right, half-wrong," said Kevin Na, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, but was raised in California. "I know it's a U.S. tour, but it's still a world tour, where all of the best players in the world can come and play and show people what they've got, golf game-wise."

The rule will most affect the 45 South Korean members of the LPGA, who range from having complete control of English to very little ability to speak the language.

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