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TPC Twin Cities Looks To Land PGA Tour Event, But LPGA's Diversity A "Difficult Sell"

Cavner said a language barrier among LPGA players makes Pro-Am events difficult
Champions Tour 3M Championship Exec Dir Hollis Cavner said TPC Twin Cities has a "standing offer to the PGA Tour" for the course to "take the first PGA Tour event that comes available in July, August or early September," according to Bob Sansevere of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. Cavner: "We're on record with the PGA Tour: We're ready when you are. Four years ago, we told the Tour we would do it. No cities and no title sponsors have given up any deals. Until that happens, I can't do anything." Meanwhile, Cavner said an LPGA event at the club would be "a very, very difficult sell." He added, "As much as we like it, the LPGA, quite honestly, doesn't sell well. ... They've got a lot of players now on their tour -- over 40 players in the top 100 -- that don't speak English at all. It makes it very difficult for the pro-ams. It's hard to ask a company to come out and sponsor a tournament and be a part of this thing and play in the pro-ams, which are your bread and butter, and not be able to say a word to the person they're playing with." Cavner continued, "The huge contingent of Korean ladies who've come aboard are fabulous golfers. But by and large, most don't speak any English. ... I personally think if they'd get everyone on Tour to agree to learn one other language, including the Americans, it's fair to everybody. If you're going to be a global tour, everyone should learn another language" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/5).
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