Controversial Ladies European Tour CEO leaves position

Embattled LET chief Ivan Khodabakhsh out. 

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The Ladies European Tour has revealed its chief executive officer Ivan Khodabakhsh "is leaving his position".

Chairman Mark Lichtenhein has been asked by the LET board to take over the day-to-day duties in his absence.

Khodabakhsh has been under fire with the LET struggling to hold on to tour events.

The LET was forced to cancel seven events this season, making it particularly difficult for those this side of the pond to qualify for next week's Solheim Cup.

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Scotland’s Catriona Matthew was one of a number of players to call for Khodabakhsh's exit at last week's Ricoh Women's British Open.

“I think the product’s there,” said Matthew.

“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.”
 

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan has a vision to "acquire the LET" (Photo: Getty Images)

The LET’s statement read: “Under the board’s guidance, the executive management team will continue to support all its stakeholders and ensure the future direction of the Tour.”

The LET’s website now lists just 15 events on its schedule, down 11 events from six years ago, and beyond the majors, it has hosted just six events this season.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan was asked late last year about the LPGA’s interest in taking the LET under its umbrella and forming a satellite circuit to feed pros into the LPGA, much like the Symetra Tour.

“My vision is not to acquire the LET,” he said then. “We’ve got a good partnership.”