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06 December 2020 14:45

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Peter Alliss, voice of the BBC’s golf coverage, dies aged 89

Peter Alliss, the legendary BBC golf commentator, has died at the age of 89. "It is with great sadness we announce the passing of golfing and broadcast legend Peter Alliss," said Alliss' family. 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," said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport. As a player, Alliss won 31 tournaments and he and his father Percy were the first father-son duo to compete in the Ryder Cup, when it was a contest between Great Britain and the United States. In 1978 he was appointed the BBC's chief golf commentator following the death of his co-host and great friend Henry Longhurst.

To the majority of British golf fans - and many more across the world - his soothing voice became synonymous as the audio accompaniment to the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods winning the sport's biggest prizes. Only a few weeks ago, Alliss described the moment when world number one Dustin Johnson won the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. "After six decades behind the microphone, he was just a month ago at the incredible age of 89 doing what he loved - commentating for the BBC on the Masters Golf," said Slater. With his father Percy established as one of England's leading professional players in the 1920s and 1930s, it was perhaps inevitable the golfing genes were passed down to Alliss. Between 1954 and 1969, he won 21 professional tournaments - including three British PGA Championships - and was twice winner of the Harry Vardon Trophy, given to the leading European player of the year.

The European Tour said it was "deeply saddened" at his death, describing him as "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," said Keith Pelley, European Tour chief executive. Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who has also fronted the BBC's Masters and Open coverage in the past, and Monty Python actor John Cleese were among the first to mourn Alliss' passing. BBC director general Tim Davie said Alliss' commentary "brought the game to life" for millions of people. Peter Alliss, who became the "voice of golf" after a successful playing career, has died at the age of 89, the European Tour has announced.

Alliss, who won more than 20 tournaments during his career and played on eight Ryder Cup teams, died on Saturday evening at his home in Surrey. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Alliss, truly one of golf's greats. Born on February 28, 1931, in Berlin, where his father Percy worked as a club pro, Alliss followed in his father's footsteps and quit school at the age of 14 to work for him at Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset, before turning professional himself two years later. BBC television presenter and commentator Peter Alliss during day four of the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield (PA Archive/PA Images) Alliss combined commentary stints at the following year's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale with finishing eighth behind Arnold Palmer, helping to raise his profile to such an extent that he was chosen to give Sean Connery golf lessons before the actor played James Bond in the 1964 film 'Goldfinger'. A statement released by the BBC on behalf of the Alliss family read: "It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of golfing and broadcast legend, Peter Alliss.

Peter Alliss, the voice of the BBC's golf coverage for decades, has died at the age of 89. A statement issued by the former Ryder Cup player's family on Sunday confirmed the death of Alliss – who had been on commentary duties for the Masters just last month – was "unexpected but peaceful". His broadcasting began at the 1961 Open, with Alliss becoming the BBC's lead golf commentator 17 years later. "It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of golfing and broadcast legend, Peter Alliss," said his family in a statement. The director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, said: "Peter was the voice of golf.

Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour, added: "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. Commentator and former Ryder Cup player Peter Alliss - known to fans as "the voice of golf" - has died aged 89. The golfing legend, who won more than 20 tournaments during his career becoming a successful broadcaster, died peacefully at his home in Surrey on Saturday, it has been announced. He said in a statement: "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." A statement released on behalf of the Alliss family to the BBC said: "It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of golfing and broadcast legend, Peter Alliss. Born in 1931 in Berlin, where his father Percy worked as a club pro, Alliss followed in his father's footsteps and left school at the age of 14 to work for him at Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset, before turning professional himself two years later. He made his broadcasting debut in 1961 as part of the BBC team for the British Open at Royal Birkdale and became the corporation's main commentator in 1978, covering major tournaments in the United States, Canada and Australia. Known for his witty one-liners, when Tiger Woods shot 81 at the 2002 British Open, he said: "It's like turning up to hear Pavarotti sing and finding out he has laryngitis." BBC director general Tim Davie said: "No one told the story of golf quite like Peter Alliss. Gary Lineker, who worked with Alliss when fronting the BBC's coverage of the Open, tweeted: "Deeply saddened to hear that Peter Alliss has passed away. Peter Alliss Dies: The Voice Of Golf Passes Away Aged 89 The world of golf is mourning today as it has been announced that Peter Alliss has died. "It is with great sadness we announce the passing of golfing and broadcast legend Peter Alliss," said Alliss' family. Alliss was known around the globe as a golf commentator on the BBC where he first started working in 1961.