LPGA wont let drug cartel play through at Tres Marias


LPGA commissioner Mike Whan has advised LPGA pros to hold off booking their flights to the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico, until the tour’s security firm advises him that it’s safe to play there.

The LPGA event in Morelia is likely to be moved from its scheduled dates April 21-24. The event is contracted through 2012.

“We’ve been advised to probably not go to Morelia as we sit here today because of some of the security concerns,” Whan said. “Unfortunately, some of the violence has made it that far, including to some of the roads that we actually take from the airport to Tres Marias and the hotel.”

The region is reported to be a stronghold for the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana. Just last month, news reports detailed how five roads into Morelia were blocked by burning cars and buses and that Mexican police have been involved in gun battles with suspected drug traffickers.

Whan is working with Tres Marias tournament officials.

“We agreed for security reasons we are not convinced today that it’s a go,” Whan said. “We may have to move it back or postpone it.'