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Transgender woman sues LPGA sued over birth requirement

Birth rule suit

A transgender woman is suing the LPGA over a requirement that all competitors must be "female at birth." The New York Times reported Wednesday that Lana Lawless, left, 57, who had gender reassignment surgery in 2005, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco claiming the policy violates California civil rights laws. Lawless won the women's world championship in long-drive golf in 2008 but was barred from competing this year because Long Drivers of America, which oversees the event, changed its policy to mirror that of the LPGA.

Backing Tiger

England's Lee Westwood may mathematically take over Tiger Woods' No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings this month, but European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie expects Woods to fight like crazy to get it back. His next chance will be at the WGC-HSBC Champions from Nov. 4-7 in Shanghai. "He won't like being No. 2 at anything and he'll come out fighting, which is great for the tournament," Montgomerie said at an HSBC Charity Golf Day in Hong Kong to raise money for UNICEF. "He came out and played superbly in the (Ryder Cup) singles match. He was two down after two (holes) against Francesco Molinari and then was 9 under for the next 11 holes. It was incredible golf! When he's spurred on like that there's nobody better.''

Grand slammed

British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen pulled out of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf after damaging ligaments on the outside of his left ankle while at home in South Africa. The PGA Grand Slam is only for major champions, so Oosthuizen will be replaced in the four-man field by David Toms, who hasn't been to this event since he won the PGA Championship in 2001. The PGA Grand Slam is Tuesday to Wednesday at Port Royal in Bermuda.

Upcoming tournaments

•First United Methodist Church of Clearwater is hosting the 2010 Golf for Education Open on Nov. 6 at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club. The four-person scramble will support a tutoring program for local elementary school children who speak limited English. A 1 p.m. shotgun start will be followed by dinner at the church. Cost is $80 per player. Call (727) 215-9074 or email

•Largo Golf Course will host a Halloween glow in the dark tournament on Oct. 29. The nine-hole, two-person scramble has a 7 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $35 per person. Call (727) 518-3024.

This week on tour

PGA: Open, today-Sunday, CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, Calif. TV: today-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. on Golf Channel.

LPGA: CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, today-Sunday, Blackhawk CC, Danville, Calif. TV: today-Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Golf Channel.

PGA Europe: Portugal Masters, today-Sunday, Oceanico Victoria Club, Vilamoura. TV: Today-Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Golf Channel.

Nationwide Tour: Miccosukee Championship, today-Sunday, Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, Miami. TV: today-Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m. on Golf Channel.

Times staff, wires

Transgender woman sues LPGA sued over birth requirement 10/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:12pm]
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