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The 149th Open Royal St George's

Peter Alliss


Tribute paid to the ‘Voice of Golf’ at The 149th Open

Peter Alliss

Peter Alliss, the legendary ‘Voice of Golf’ received a special tribute on day two of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s. 

Alliss, who first appeared on the BBC in 1961 and was made lead golf commentator in 1978 after retiring following a distinguished playing career, died in December at the age of 89. 

On Friday, his wife Jackie and other members of his family were in attendance at Royal St George’s as a moment’s applause was held to celebrate his life, with the fans in attendance paying tribute to the golfing legend. 

“On behalf of the R&A I would now like to pay tribute to somebody who is sadly not with us today – the great Peter Alliss,” read an announcement made on the first tee. 

“As the voice of golf for the best part of 60 years, Peter brought us so much joy, humour and insight to the millions of us watching on television. 

“As a player and commentator, Peter made an indelible mark on The Open and we’ll all miss his uniquely wise, warm and witty commentary.”