Former Ryder Cup player Peter Alliss, who gained 31 tournaments in his profession earlier than a profitable stint as a commentator by which he was known as the “voice of golf”, has died at the age of 89, the European Tour stated on Sunday.
Englishman Alliss, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for his providers to the sport in 2012, died peacefully at his dwelling on Saturday, the Tour added in a press release.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Alliss, truly one of golf`s greats,” European Tour CEO Keith Pelley stated.
“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.”
Having turned skilled at the age of 16 in 1947, Alliss began out as an assistant professional to his father, former golfer Percy Alliss, at Ferndown Golf Club earlier than occurring to take pleasure in success by making the Ryder Cup squad eight occasions.
He gained his first title at the 1952 Gor-Ray Cup, which was the PGA Assistant Professionals Championship at the time.
Alliss represented Great Britain and Ireland in every Ryder Cup till 1969 with the exception of the 1955 version, profitable the title in 1957.
In 1958, he gained the Italian Open, Spanish Open and Portugal Open earlier than making an attempt his hand at broadcasting with the BBC at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale three years later.
He retired as a player in 1975 earlier than turning into the BBC`s lead commentator three years later, a job he stuffed for over 4 many years.
Alliss additionally labored for ESPN, ABC Sports, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation amongst others.