Often referred to as “The Voice of Golf”, legendary golfer, author, commentator Peter Alliss has passed away aged 89.
Peters Alliss, famed golf-commentator and winner of over 30 professional golf tournaments died on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
The dulcet tones, witty quips and perfect pauses of Alliss would be familiar to golf fans all around the world and tributes are pouring in for the man who was never afraid of saying what he thought.
Scottish golf writer John Huggan has penned a fitting tribute for Golf Digest covering his often over-looked successful golf career
“I refused to do anything different when commentating in America,” Alliss said. “I certainly refused to say, ‘back side.’ I remember one commentator saying, ‘And here is Faldo at 14, with wind gusting from his rear.’ I thought no, I’m not saying that. For me, it was always a bunker rather than a sand trap.
The BBC’s obituary is a wonderful read – and their broadcast tribute also fitting.
There has been a multitude of tributes to Alliss on Twitter, some from people who aren’t necessarily names you’d associate with golf.
Sad to hear of Peter Alliss's death
The most sane and comforting voice I ever heard
I always thought that I could cope with the ending of the world if only Peter was commentating on it
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) December 6, 2020
Very sad to hear about Peter Alliss.
A few years ago I asked him to record a message for a friend’s wedding.
He said ‘of course’ & did this… first take.
That is @KenBrownGolf cackling in the background.
He was a master of words & loved by many.
He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/imwyZeELYk
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) December 6, 2020
The genius of Peter Alliss is he never let broke character. Even in the biggest moments. He was dry and full and proper and calm even when it was bonkers. His style was impossible to replicate, but We still ought to show this tape in broadcast journalism schools. It’s art. https://t.co/FZT7hVGJZA
— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) December 6, 2020
Saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Alliss – many a fond memory listening to his voice and commentary as a young boy watching golf on the box – he certainly was a master at his craft. RIP
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) December 6, 2020
And if you’ve never seen it, Alliss’ acceptance speech as he was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame is fantastic.