LIV loses key figure ahead of crucial 2023 season
As LIV Golf prepares for a crucial 2023 season, one boasting extra events, new venues, and of course, more money, the breakaway series has been dealt a huge blow with one of their top executives resigning from his role.
Unfortunately for critics of the series, that man won’t be CEO Greg Norman (for now). Instead, it will be chief operating officer Atul Khosla, a key figure in the operation who many claim was the voice of reason within the chaos.
According to a report from the New York Times – a story which has since been confirmed by Norman himself – Khosla resigned from his role following the conclusion of LIV’s inaugural year, opting to “move on” as the Saudi-backed series builds towards its revamped second season.
“At the conclusion of LIV’s successful inaugural season, Atul Khosla decided to move on,” Norman said in a statement. “We respect AK and his personal decision.”
Khosla’s resignation comes just one year after he was appointed in the role, with the veteran sports executive having previously served as chief corporate developer for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Within that 12 months, Kholsa was see as the business brain behind the LIV operation, tackling the project from a more level-headed mindset rather than the more disruptive, chaotic approach adopted by Norman.
LIV Golf are yet to comment on Kholsa’s departure, while the report from the New York Times did not make it clear as to why the former chief operating officer left his post.
The news also comes just one month after reports claimed Norman himself was set to be “moved upstairs” by LIV’s bosses. The report was later debunked by Managing Director Majed Al-Sorour, which was soon followed by calls from Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods for the controversial Aussie to step down as CEO.
The breakaway league will begin its revamped 14-event season in February, with seven courses still yet to be announced ahead of 2023.
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