The Asian Tour professional golf organization has appointed David Rollo as its new chief operating officer.
He joins from international sports and entertainment giant IMG, where he has served as that company’s vice-president of golf events and clients since 2016.
Rollo has been at IMG in various roles since 2000, with the new chief operating officer having formerly spent time at other golf tours including the PGA, the Ladies European Tour, and the PGA Tour of Australasia.
His key responsibilities will include “optimizing the tour’s operations as well as cultivating relationships with stakeholders, governments, federations, and promoters.”
Rollo has said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to bring over two decades of experience in the golf industry, most of it in this region, to the Asian Tour, during a time when it is undergoing incredible expansion.
“The Asian Tour has always been very important to me, and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their goals and ambitions.”
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Cho Minn Thant, the Asian Tour’s commissioner and chief executive, added: “David is a familiar face around the Asian Tour as he has been working closely with the Tour for many years, so we see this as a very natural transition. His move comes at an important time when we are putting in place a strong team capable of looking after the interests of the Tour and its membership.”
In early February, the Asian Tour, alongside LIV Golf Investments, announced the name, increased investment, and the worldwide destinations for the inaugural season of the recently-announced 10-event partnership between those two bodies.
The International Series was first announced with the launch of LIV in October last year, and it has been designed, LIV says, “to drive greater engagement amongst fans, attract new commercial interest, and to help stabilize professional golf following a sustained period of worldwide disruption and uncertainty.”
Prize purses will range from $1.5 million to $2 million per event, with an initial investment from LIV of $300 million.
In addition, it has been revealed that the International Series will not be constrained to events in Asia alone.
The action is scheduled to begin in Thailand (Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin) in March before visiting England, Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong.