Sunday , September 26 2021

Peter Alliss, the “voice of golf” on British television, is 89 years old



Alliss was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

“Peter made an indelible mark on everything he did in our game,” said Keith Pelley, director general of the European Tour, “but mostly as a player and announcer, and he leaves a remarkable legacy. Our thoughts are with his wife Jackie and the Alliss family.”

With a deep, soothing voice, a warm sense of humor, and a passion for golf, Alliss may be more famous than the player. Golf Digest once called Alliss “the best golf commentary ever”.

Alliss made his BBC debut in 1961, covered the BBC Open at the Royal Birkdale Open in 1978 and became the main commentary for the British channel in 1978. He also called major tournaments in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Among the many terrific lines was this 2002 classic when Tiger Woods shot 81 at the Open: “It’s like hearing Pavarotti sing and knowing he has laryngitis.”

Alliss wrote numerous books and designed more than 50 courses together, including The Belfry, which held the Ryder Cup in 1985, 1989, 1993, and 2002.

Born in Berlin in 1931, Alliss was the son of the British golfer Percy Alliss, who was one of the best players in Britain in the 1920s and 30s. Allisses are one of only two father-son pairs to have played in the Ryder Cup, along with Spaniard Antonio and Ignacio Garrido.

“No one told the history of golf like Peter Alliss,” said BBC CEO Tim Davie. “It captured the drama of golf with vision, wisdom and humanity. It was a mythical commentary, and it gave life to millions of people in the game.”


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