Five of seven players want Bivens out

Five of the seven players on the LPGA Board of Directors are in favor of removing commissioner Carolyn Bivens from her post, according to a report in Golf World magazine.

With five player votes, only two of the six independent directors on the 13-person board would constitute a majority, which could lead to the board asking Bivens for her resignation.

Monday, a letter signed by 15 prominent players calling for the commissioner's resignation was sent to the board.

Bivens, who is a member of the board, has 18 months remaining on her contract.

"I can't speak with you right now," Dawn Hudson, the LPGA Board chair, said when reached by Golf World on Tuesday. "I have so much to do of an internal nature I can't speak with you."

Monday, Golfweek magazine reported that that a meeting had taken place last week during the LPGA stop in Toledo, Ohio, where players discussed the current direction of the LPGA Tour. The meeting came two days after the Kapalua LPGA Classic asked for a year off to find a title sponsor.

Among those at the meeting last week in Toledo, Ohio., were Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis, among the most prominent players in women's golf.

The U.S. Women's Open, which is not run by the LPGA Tour, is being played this week in Bethlehem, Pa. After that, the LPGA Tour will not have another tournament in the United States until the last week in August.

Golfweek reported that at a player meeting last month at the State Farm Classic, players were told 10 contracts with title sponsors had been signed for 2010.

"We're getting to the point where we don't know who to believe, which is hard," Katherine Hull told the magazine. "When tournaments that have been very loyal to us start withdrawing, that's really a red flag to me."

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report