BBC’s ‘voice of golf’ Peter Alliss passes away at age 89 after illness

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BBC’s ‘voice of golf’ Peter Alliss passes away at age 89 after illness.

The long-serving BBC commentator passed away ‘peacefully’ after a short illness.

A legendary player in his own right, Alliss became a fans’ favourite when he transitioned into the broadcasting booth in 1961.

He subsequently became the BBC’s lead golf commentator in 1978, and remained an integral figure in their coverage of the sport to the end, having commentated on last month’s Masters.

Alliss performed the role from his home in Surrey, due to his own health as much as the coronavirus pandemic.

He had been hospitalised in September with illness, but the father of six wasn’t expected to hang up his microphone until after the Ryder Cup.

Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater 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 turn of phrase that no one else could match.

“Following a highly distinguished playing career, where he won 20 titles and played in eight Ryder Cups, his broadcasting career spanned an extraordinary 60 years.

“Just last month, at the incredible age of 89, he was doing what he loved – commentating for the BBC on the Masters Golf.

“He transcended his sport as one of the greatest broadcasters of his generation. He will be terribly missed and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

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