The Open Pays Touching Tribute To Peter Alliss

The Open Pays Touching Tribute To Peter Alliss

Open Peter Alliss Tribute

The Open payed tribute to 'The Voice Of Golf' with a minute's applause around the first hole at Royal St George's.

The Open Pays Touching Tribute To Peter Alliss

Alliss, who first appeared as a golf commentator on the BBC in 1961, sadly passed away in December 2020.

With it being the first Open since his unfortunate death, The Open (opens in new tab) paid tribute in a touching way, with a minute's applause surrounding the amphitheatre of the first tee.

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His wife, Jackie, who Alliss married in 1969, was in attendance, alongside members of the Alliss family.

Before making the switch to commentary, Alliss was a very accomplished professional golfer, winning 31 tournaments. And, with his father Percy, they were the first Father-Son duo to compete in the Ryder Cup.

Open Peter Alliss Tribute

Peter and Percy Alliss. (CreditCollection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Making his debut broadcasting appearance in 1961, Alliss would begin working full-time in television, becoming the lead BBC golf commentator in 1978.

Related: 14 Greatest Peter Alliss Quotes (opens in new tab)

In 2012, the 'voice of golf' was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

In typical Alliss fashion, his speech wasn't short of entertainment, with the eight- time Ryder Cup player saying: “I’ve done very little in my life, just waffled a lot. Loving the game of golf, and being observant, things have always just come my way.”

After his long and illustrious career, he sadly passed away at the age of 89, with November's Masters being the last tournament the golfing great covered.

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.