Robson Bows Out
Ivor Robson will hang up his microphone for one last time this afternoon after 40 years working as the official starter at The Open Championship.
74 year-old Robson is due to retire as the European Tour’s official starter after the 2015 season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, in November, and he sees St Andrews as a fitting place to call time on an association with The Open which started all the way back at the 1975 Championship at Carnoustie.
His first group teed off at 7.30am on Wednesday 7TH July and included Arne Dokka (USA), Stuart Brown (Tewskesbury Park) and Norman Wood (Turnberry).
“St Andrews is a perfect place for me to bow out,” he told Europeantour.com before being honoured by being invited to Tuesday night’s Champions Dinner in the R&A clubhouse. “I’ve got osteoarthritis in my back and joints and I can’t go on forever. When I was told by Peter Dawson that The Open would be at St Andrews in 2015, I thought ‘right, we will call it a day there’. It’s the right place to stop and the decision has been made.”
“It will be an emotional occasion,” added the former club professional. “But St Andrews is a difficult course, because you have them coming up 18 too, so as soon as a player on the 18TH plays his second shot, you have to get them going.
“There won’t be chance to get emotional or sentimental. Nothing will keep my attention away from the job. You can’t afford to let anything do that, and it won’t.”
Robson’s melodic voice has become synonymous with all major golf events on this side of the Atlantic and this afternoon he will bow out with the words “On the tee … from Ireland … Paul Dunne.”
“My style has never changed. I’ve always kept it simple. The public knows more about the player than you do. Always treat the public with the respect they deserve, because they are knowledgeable, so don’t try to be clever.
“Just keep it simple: the game number, on the tee, where he is from and their name. That is all they need to know. Keep it simple, and get them moving. The players want to get off the tee as well, so you haven’t got time to fool about because ten or 11 minute intervals really isn’t that long.
“I don’t know how I will feel when I watch The Open next year,” he added. “I had to miss the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this year due to illness, and I missed not being there. So when I’m sat at home watching The Open on television next year, of course I will miss it. Of course I will. But you can’t go on forever, you have to stop at some point, and this is the right time for me.”