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Women seek Solheim Cup switch

The Ladies' European Tour have opened discussions with both the BBC and their American counterparts, the LPGA Tour, to bring the 2000 Solheim Cup match at Loch Lomond in Scotland forward from October 6-8 to a late-August date.

The tour's chief executive Tim Howland was angered when he discovered that next year's World Match Play Championship had been switched by the organisers so that it clashed with the biennial match between the leading women professionals of Europe and the United States.

The BBC, who have covered the World Match Play for some 35 years, felt obliged to stick with the men's event, leaving the Solheim Cup without the terrestrial TV exposure which the LET believe it needs to attract more sponsors and media attention.

LET spokesman Terence O'Rorke said: "When we learned of the World Match Play's switch of dates, it seemed there was no chance of the Solheim Cup being screened on the BBC because we had already agreed the dates with the LPGA. "But Tim has been talking recently to both the LPGA Tour's commissioner Ty Votaw and the BBC, and it seems there is the possibility of a date in late August.

As things stand, the LPGA have announced their schedule for the first third of 2000, plus all the major dates, but nothing else. So we are quite optimistic. "One way or the other, we hope we will know the outcome of this quite soon."