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Peter Alliss, BBC's 'voice of golf', dies at 89

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The world of golf and beyond are mourning the death of Peter Alliss, the long-time BBC commentator known as “The Voice of Golf”. The news of the 89-year-old’s passing on Saturday night at his home in Surrey was met with sorrow across the fairways and living rooms alike. Alliss was synonymous with golf in this country, with his mellifluous tones and off-the-cuff comments. John Cleese was certainly a fan, the Monty Python summing up what so many thought. “Sad to hear of Peter Alliss's death,” he tweeted. “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.” Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Paul Lawrie were just three of the champion golfers who paid their tributes. “What a career on and off the course,” Lawrie, the 1999 Open champion, said. Thomas Bjorn, the 2018 Ryder Cup captain concurred. "What a great man. Great voice and a true friend of our game. Peter was a brilliant broadcaster but an even better player,” Bjorn said. “We will miss him dearly but we should also celebrate a life well-lived.” A fine player in his own regard — Alliss won more than 20 tournaments and played in eight Ryder Cups — there can be no doubting that after he hung up his spikes in the 70s, he found his natural home in the booth, establishing himself alongside other legends such as Peter O’Sullevan Bill McLaren, Murray Walker, Richie Benaud and Dan Maskell. Yet in terms of the booth, Alliss outlasted them all, commentating on last month’s Masters. Alliss actually performed those duties from his home in Hindhead, Surrey, because of the pandemic and his own failing health. Peter Alliss interview: The 'Voice of Golf' on playing in the last Open at Portrush — in 1951 The father of six was hospitalised in September, but the speed of his demise still came a shock. Next year was to be his 60th year in broadcasting and he was expected to retire after the Ryder Cup. “A wonderfully witty and truly brilliant commentator,” Gary Lineker, the former English footballer turned Match of the Day presenter, said. “Golf will never be the same." A statement released by the BBC on behalf of the Alliss family read: "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." Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, added: "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. "He transcended his sport as one of the greatest broadcasters of his generation. He will be terribly missed." Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the European Tour, said: “Truly one of the game’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.”

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