Peter Alliss, the legendary BBC golf commentator, has died on the age of 89.
An announcement from the Allis household, launched on Sunday morning, stated: “It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of golfing and broadcast legend Peter Alliss. Peter’s death was unexpected but peaceful. Peter was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and his family ask for privacy at this difficult time.”
Known all through the world as ‘the voice of golf’, Alliss was final seen on our screens through the BBC’s protection of final month’s Masters event at Augusta, when the 89-year-old commentated on the highlights from his lounge at residence.
Among the hundred of glowing tributes, Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, stated: “Peter was an absolute grasp of his craft, with a novel skill to seize a second with a magical flip of phrase that nobody else may match. Following a extremely distinguished enjoying profession, the place he received 20 titles and performed in eight Ryder Cups, his broadcasting profession spanned a rare 60 years. Just final month, on the unbelievable age of 89, he was doing what he cherished – commentating for the BBC on the Masters. He transcended his sport as one of many best broadcasters of his technology. He can be terribly missed and our ideas are together with his household, mates and colleagues at this very unhappy time.’
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the European Tour, stated: “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.”
Alliss was born in Berlin, the place his father, Percy, was the skilled on the Wannsee membership, and weighed 14lbs 11oz when he arrived in 1931, which was allegedly a file for a child born in Europe. Those hereditary blessings helped him blossom right into a effective ball striker himself, establishing Alliss as one of many brightest younger gamers of the time.
He turned skilled in 1947, on the age of 16, as an assistant to his father at Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset. Between 1954 and 1969, he received 31 skilled tournaments – together with three British PGA Championships – and was twice winner of the Harry Vardon Trophy, given to the main European participant of the yr.
The greatest title evaded him, nevertheless. Alliss got here inside 4 pictures of lifting the Claret Jug in 1954, one among 5 top-10 finishes he had on the Open Championship.
Alliss performed on eight Ryder Cup groups between 1953 and 1969 with a file of 10 wins, 15 losses and 5 halved matches. He performed on Great Britain’s victorious 1957 Ryder Cup group, whereas he and his father have been the primary father and son to each take part in and each win the Ryder Cup. Alliss additionally represented England within the World Cup on 10 events.
Alliss’ first expertise behind the microphone got here on the 1961 Open Championship, remarkably, in the identical event he was difficult Arnold Palmer on the course. In 1978 he was appointed the BBC’s chief golf commentator following the demise of his co-host and nice good friend Henry Longhurst.
Alliss additionally labored for ESPN and ABC Sports within the United States from 1975 by 2010. He continued to look as a visitor analyst on ESPN’s protection of the Open Championship from 2011–2015.
The BBC’s lack of reside golf protection to Sky noticed Alliss’s commentary work curtailed in his latter years, however he was all the time within the commentary sales space for the BBC’s protection of The Open Championship, the Masters, and the BMW PGA Championship.
As properly as a participant and commentator, Alliss was was additionally concerned in golf course structure. His first course design associate was Dave Thomas, with whom he created over 50 programs, together with The Belfry. Alliss then joined forces with Clive Clark, and added one other 22 programs to his portfolio, together with Old Thorns in Hampshire. He was the membership president at Old Thorns and in addition at Castlemartyr Links Golf Club in Ireland.
Alliss captained of Professional Golfers’ Association in 1987, and he was additionally the president of the British Greenkeepers’ Association, and was the primary president of the European Women’s Professional Golfers’ Association. In 2012, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame within the Lifetime Achievement class.