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- Peter Alliss television career spanned an extraordinary 60 years from 1961
- He has won more than 20 tournaments and played as a player in eight Ryder Cups.
- He gave Sean Connery golf lessons before the James Bond actor filmed Goldfinger
- Last month, at the age of 89, Alliss commented on the Masters for the BBC.
Peter Alliss, former commentator for the BBC “The Voice of Golf”, passed away at the age of 89 and announced the European Tour.
Alliss, who has won more than 20 career tournaments and played for eight Ryder Cup teams, died Saturday night at his home in Surrey.
The Tour is saddened to hear of the passing of eight-time Ryder Cup player, 31-time winner and the ‘Voice of Golf’ Peter Alliss.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) December 6, 2020
In a statement on behalf of the Alliss family, he said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the decline of golf and pass on the legend of Peter Alliss. Peter’s death was unexpected but peaceful. Peter was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, and his family demanded privacy during this difficult time.
After achieving great success as a player, Peter began his legendary career on BBC broadcasting in 1961 and became our top golf commentator in 1978.
His knowledge and love of the game, along with his exceptional storytelling ability, established him as one of the best in the business and he became known simply as “The Voice of Golf.”
“We miss his inimitable tone, humor and mastery of the microphone; his often legendary comments will be long remembered.”
Alliss was born on February 28, 1931 in Berlin, where his father Percy worked as a club professional. He followed in his father’s footsteps and dropped out of school at the age of 14 to work for him at Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset before turning pro. Years later.
After his career was largely interrupted by two years of national service in the RAF from 1949 to 1951, Alliss quickly made a name for himself and finished ninth at the 1953 Open, one of the top five players in the ‘event.
His transition to the series came after the BBC’s Ray Lakeland spoke to a friend on a flight home from a tournament in Ireland in 1960.
Alliss combined comment periods at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale the following year, finishing eighth behind Arnold Palmer, which helped raise his profile, which is why he was chosen to give Sean Connery golf lessons earlier. the actor. play. James Bond in the 1964 film ‘Goldfinger’.
Barbara Slater, BBC Sports Director, said: “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 phrase that no one else could match.
After a brilliant acting career, his television career spanned an extraordinary 60 years. Last month, at the incredible age of 89, he did what he loved: commenting on Masters Golf for the BBC.
“He surpassed his sport as one of the best broadcasters of his generation. We will miss him deeply and our hearts go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. ‘
Keith Pelley, CEO of the European Tour, added: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Alliss, one of the greatest in golf.
Peter has left an indelible mark on everything he has done in our game, but especially as a player and broadcaster, and he is leaving a remarkable legacy. Our hearts go out to his wife, Jackie, and the Alliss family.