Peter Alliss Embroiled In Masters Controversy

The BBC commentator has faced criticism for comments made about Sergio Garcia's fiancé at Augusta

Peter Alliss Embroiled In Masters Controversy
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The outspoken BBC commentator has faced criticism for comments made about Sergio Garcia's fiancé at Augusta

Peter Alliss Embroiled In Masters Controversy

As Sergio Garcia was celebrating his Masters winning putt, BBC commentator Peter Alliss found himself embroiled in another controversy.

With Garcia's fiancé Angela Akins seen in shot as Garcia celebrated, the 86-year-old could be heard saying Akins had "the shortest skirt on the campus."

The BBC released a short statement outlining that Alliss wasn't aware at the time that his microphone was live.

"While believing he was off air, Peter made a lighthearted remark which he now knows was inappropriate," said a BBC spokesperson.

It's not the first time the outspoken commentator has been heard to make controversial remarks about women.

Peter Alliss Embroiled In Masters Controversy

Garcia embraces fiancee Angela Akins in celebration after winning The Masters. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

At the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrew, where Zach Johnson won in a playoff, the BBC were forced to apologise after Alliss commented on Johnson's wife Kim Barclay, saying "She is probably thinking - 'if this goes in I get a new kitchen'."

He was also criticised that week for comments about Paul Dunne liking older women after the Irishman was seen hugging his Mother.

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In the lead up to the 2017 Masters in an interview with Newsweek, Alliss was asked about his thoughts about women in sport and replied with these frighteningly no-holds-barred comments:

"No matter how you wrap it up, women will never be able to do things that men can do.”

“If we want to be equal, are you going to get a woman fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world in boxing?"

Peter Alliss Embroiled In Masters Controversy

Peter Alliss during the Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews in October 1993. (photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

“I think women are more delicate than men. I like holding chairs for women. I enjoy the company of women. I don’t want to be bullied by them. I don’t care for macho women, I don’t care for them very much. And yet they’re prevalent today, and very prevalent in some cases. And very forward.”

Related: Hazel Irvine steps down as BBC Golf's lead anchor

With Alliss becoming the BBC's lead commentator in 1978, at least two generations have grown up with his tones but the man known as the 'Voice of Golf' has built up a track record of controversial comments in recent years.

Whether you love the him or not, in this day and age, his comments are outdated, offensive and should not be blighting the BBC's coverage as the UK's only terrestrial golf broadcaster.

Only time will tell whether he continues in his role, with the BBC's next golf coverage coming at Wentworth next month for the BMW PGA Championship.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x