Peter Alliss dead: Legendary ‘voice of golf’ BBC commentator dies suddenly aged 89

Peter Alliss dead: Legendary ‘voice of golf’ BBC commentator dies suddenly aged 89

Peter Alliss, the legendary golf commentator has died aged 89. He was known as the ‘voice of golf’ for his coverage on the BBC throughout his successful career which saw him provide the soundtrack to the best moments in the sport for the last half a century.

Alliss has fronted the golf coverage on the BBC for half a century after making his first appearance in 1961.

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

In a statement, they described his death as “unexpected but peaceful”.

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

“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,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.

Alliss won 31 tournaments as a player and along with father Percy were the first father-son duo to compete in the Ryder Cup.

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

Alliss described the moment when world number one Dustin Johnson won the Masters just a few weeks ago at the delayed event at Augusta.

“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.

“He transcended his sport as one of the greatest broadcasters of his generation.”

Alliss was present to provide the soundtrack for some of the biggest wins in golf over the years including the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.

He was first in the commentary box for the 1961 Open Championship, the same tournament he was challenging Arnold Palmer for the win.

In 1978 he was appointed the BBC’s chief golf commentator after the death of his co-host and friend Henry Longhurst.

On his role, Alliss previously said: “I’m there as an old player, a lover of the game and a good weaver of stories.”

Between 1954 and 1969, Alliss won 21 professional tournaments as a player.

Alliss came within four shots of lifting the Claret Jug in 1954 but was unable to ever win a major in his career.

His putting was what he blamed for not being as successful as he would have liked.

He is said to have ‘3 Put’ as his number plate on his cars as a humurous touch on his reputation when it came to the greens.

Published at Sun, 06 Dec 2020 11:49:00 +0000