The LET have announced that beleaguered CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh “is leaving his position” following a dire year for the Tour, in which seven tournaments have been cancelled from the original schedule.
Speculation over his future had spiralled after he failed to make an appearance at either the AAM Ladies Scottish Open or last week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, amid increasing criticism over the direction the Tour was taking.
Last month, The Times published an article reporting that the Tour was in severe financial difficulty, with players threatened not to speak out about the current situation, despite an increasingly sparse schedule making it impossible for them to make a living.
The situation has since grown increasingly troublesome, with players being informed on Monday that the Xiamen International Ladies Open had been cancelled due to a lack of funding and that the event in Qatar is also unlikely to take place due to political issues.
Veteran Catriona Matthew called for the ouster of the former boxing chief at Kingsbarns Links last week, saying that the foundering Tour needed appropriate leadership if it was to recover.
“I think the product’s there,” Matthew said. “They have got a lot of good players. It’s just perhaps they have had the wrong person at the head. So, hopefully, if they can get that resolved, it can start building itself up again.”
The LET’s difficulties have clouded the build up to next week’s Solheim Cup, with just a handful of tournaments this season complicating the qualification process.
The LET board has asked its chairman, Mark Lichtenhein, to take over day-to-day duties on an interim basis.
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