It’s official: Mexico is officially too violent for women’s golf. The LPGA Tour recently postponed the Tres Marias Championship, based in Morelia, Mexico, due to what is being called drug violence in the area. I never would have expected this to happen to a sport that wasn’t subsidized by the NBA.
While the tournament contract goes through ’12, an LPGA official said they would need to see significant improvement before returning.
The event was slated for April 21-24. There’s now a three-week gap in April between the Kraft Nabisco and the Avnet LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.
That’s sound policy for a nation that has murdered three of its mayors in the last month.
The LPGA has struggled over the last few years to maintain eyeballs and sponsorships, and that league has been hurt by the retirements of stars Annika Sorrenstam and Lorena Ochoa. Their No. 1-ranked player is Korean, and the ladies even have one tour stop without prize money. So basically nobody’s getting paid and nobody is recognizable? Sounds like a perfect fit with Mexico to me.