LPGA policy prompts Calif. legislation

After moving to No. 3 in the world with a win in Europe last week, Paul Casey returned to America and opened Colonial with a four-under 66.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate has voted to make it illegal to hold events that require participants to speak English in a move prompted by the LPGA Tour's English-only proposal.

The women's golf tour wanted last year to require its players to speak English so they could talk with each other and the media, and give acceptance speeches in English.

The LPGA backed off the plan after Sen. Leland Yee and others criticized it as discriminatory.

Yee says the proposal insulted women, minorities and immigrants, and might disqualify the best golfers.

The San Francisco Democrat's bill makes such policies illegal in California without a ``business necessity.'' It was approved Thursday 21-14 without debate.

The measure now heads to the Assembly.

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