As the leaders prepared to tee off for the final round of the Evian Championship yesterday, the Ladies European Tour issued a statement, suggesting that the future of the Tour may still hang in the balance.
The floundering circuit is said to have met with representatives from the LPGA and European Tour during the season's five major, as they seek to find a solution to the current crisis.
Despite five tournaments having been cancelled from the schedule this summer, the Tour continues to deny claims that they are on the brink of collapse.
Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman of the LET said: “We know that the Ladies European Tour is an attractive product with an impressive international footprint which has helped to inspire and develop women’s golf, but the LET Board is now busy consolidating the schedule at home, with a focus on securing more quality tournaments for our players in Europe.”
He added: “We want to build strong, long-term partnerships with sponsors and promoters, working to their requirements and the specific needs of golf in individual countries. We are currently in discussions with the LPGA and other commercial partners and are following up on over 20 recent enquiries and proposals across Europe, from Lisbon to Moscow, to better understand the needs of local markets.”
The 2017 Ladies European Tour schedule continues next week with the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino at Real Club de Golf in Guadalmina on September 21-24, followed by the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf de Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz on October 5-8, after which, the Tour will travel to the Middle East, India, China and Japan for the rest of the season.
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