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Peter Alliss: BBC’s ‘voice of golf’ dies aged 89

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ormer golfer and long-time BBC broadcaster Peter Alliss – widely known as the ‘voice of golf’ – has died at the age of 89.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Alliss family confirmed that Peter had passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at his home in Surrey on Saturday evening.

“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of golfing and broadcast legend Peter Alliss,” a family statement read.

“Peter was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and his family ask for privacy at this difficult time.”

Alliss played in the Ryder Cup eight times during his golfing career – triumphing at Lindrick in 1957 – and won 20 tournaments in total in addition to placing inside the top 10 at The Open on five separate occassions.

He first started commentating for the BBC in 1961 and did so on a full-time basis for more than 40 years after ending his playing days in 1978.

Alliss commentated on last month’s rescheduled Masters at Augusta from his home, with BBC Sport’s director Barbara Slater saying that he had “transcended his sport as one of the greatest broadcasters of his generation”.

“Peter was the voice of golf. He was an absolute master of his craft with a unique ability to capture a moment with a magical turn of phrase that no one else could match,” Slater said.

Chief executive of the European Tour Keith Pelley also paid tribute to Alliss, saying: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Alliss, truly one of golf’s greats.

“Peter made an indelible mark on everything he did in our game, but especially as a player and a broadcaster, and he leaves a remarkable legacy. Our thoughts are with his wife Jackie and the Alliss family.”


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