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Columnist Argues LPGA Tour Popularity Declining Because ‘Too Many Gosh Darn Foreigners … Specifically Koreans’

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(CBS) Why is the LPGA Tour’s popularity declining?

Craig Schaller of News talk radio WHAM 1180 in Rochester thinks he knows why.

In a column titled Golf Is In Their Seoul, Schaller summarizes why people aren’t as interested in women’s professional golf as they used to be.

“It has to do with golf, and more specifically the ladies pro golf tour or LPGA.  Here’s my problem with it: putting it bluntly, there are just too many gosh darn foreigners on the US tour, and more specifically, I’m talking about Koreans (and asians in general).

 “Now I have absolutely nothing against the Korean people.  I am sure they are a very nice group of folks, and I’m sure Korea is a nice place to visit, especially in springtime.  The simple problem is that the LPGA just has too many of them, too many of them are very good, and it is hurting the tours popularity.”

That’s not all.

“I don’t have a problem with many of the Mexican golfers, or Netherlands, or Swedes pr any of the other international golfers who play on tour.  Why?  Because most of them speak English!  They also have easily distinguishable names.  It’s hard to remember specific golfers when half of them seem to have names that sound like the sound you get when you bang pots and pans together. 

 “I’m sure I sound culturally racist, but I would be willing to bet that I am not alone.  The tour still draws well here because Rochester is still such a golf hot bed, and has such a tradition of support, but I am willing to bet it doesn’t play as well as it used to in middle america.”

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