Peter Alliss in the World Golf Hall of Fame

Peter Alliss is inducted into the golf Hall of Fame

Peter Alliss, the 81 year old BBC commentator, he of the syrupy, silky voice, is to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Peter will join Phil Mickelson, Sandy Lyle, Dan Jenkins and Hollis Stacey at St. Augustine, Florida for the ceremony on Monday.

Apart from his great knowledge of golf, and all things golf, Peter would also dispense some good old-fashioned wisdom of life. I remember one of those sayings, he related this in the middle of a Major, ” Don’t forget what your mother told you, always dry between your toes after a shower.”  This is medical advice, this course of action prevents the affliction known as athlete’s foot. Why Peter would slip this little piece of wisdom into his golf commentary is debatable, but all the same, useful. Peter’s golf commentary was never boring, and unlike many of his TV pundit pals he does not resort to mundane and often repeated phrases. Things like, “this is one of the best courses on tour’ or he is one of the finest ball strikers on tour. The one that annoy’s me most is the line, ‘to play this course well you need to hit all the fairways, and the greens in regulation. Everybody everywhere who plays golf knows that you need to do that, even on your Municipal course. Peter brings a nice balance to his commentary. He also can enjoy a  joke, the registration plate on his car “3 Putt” can attest to that. Long may he continue. Peter said of his award;

“It’s all come as a bit of a surprise for me.” I know people think I am a bit loud-mouthed and arrogant but I don’t take praise very well, I feel embarrassed by it all.”

The World Golf Hall of Fame is home to some  the game’s best players and contributors. People  recognized within the Hall of Fame represent individuals who have positively impacted the game of golf on the grandest scale. Both professional and amateur golfers, architects, journalists, innovators and teachers are among those who have been celebrated.

Peter has completed 50 years of broadcasting the Open Championship for the BBC, and also done other things, apart from his golfing career. As a professional player he won 23 tournaments worldwide, including three British PGA Championships, two Spanish Opens, one Italian Open, one Portuguese Open and one Brazilian Open. He also made eight appearances in the Ryder Cup, the first of which came in 1953 and saw the Alliss family become the first ever to have father and son play in the event.

“I have had five or six career’s really. I was a club professional, a tournament professional, an international player, a golf course designer and constructor, a writer of books and, of course, I have worked in television with the BBC, ABC in America and Australia, CBC in Canada and all round the world. I have done a range of TV shows; A Round with Alliss, Pro-Celebrity Golf and Golfer’s Travels and it’s been amazing really. I haven’t set out to do any of those things, it just happened. Every episode of my life has been very rewarding.”

Peter Alliss will now stand alongside the likes of American legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and fellow Britons Nick Faldo and Tony Jacklin in the Hall of Fame.


BBC in danger of losing The Open coverage, due to incompetence

The BBC is in danger of losing their coverage of golf’s greatest title, The Open, after golf bosses criticised their handling of  The Masters in Augusta. Most of the classicism surrounds their lack of coverage of the game and use of celebrity interviewers. The worst offender was England cricket captain Michael Vaughan who attracted embarrassing ridicule at the Masters by not knowing the number of Green Jackets won by Tiger Woods. After that gaff he compounded the enormous error by leaving the course and final presentation  before the end of play on the final day to go on holiday. Eternal shame on you Michael, and heads should have rolled at the bosses at the top. The BBC is run by the old school tie network, and nothing will change the way they do things, and for that they will lose The Open coverage when the contract runs out in 2016. These people only rate The Open as a B-listed event in the country’s sporting crown jewels, just like the Ryder Cup, incompetence of the highest order. They will only show six days of live golf coverage from next year, these will be the first two days of Augusta and the Open Championship, this will be the only live golf on the BBC from 2013 because of cost cutting.

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson has called upon the Corporation to change their restrictive policy or seriously jeopardize losing out on the oldest Major when the current deal runs out in 2016.

“We have certainly had that conversation with the BBC. It is not just golf but tennis that for financial reasons they are making towards the bigger events. Like anything in life, you need to be in practice to do it well and keep up with advances in technology. We obviously want the Open championship to to be seen by as many people as possible. But the BBC know they have got to get off the financial plateau. They know we have got our eye on them.”

Commenting on the Michael Vaughan incident  Dawson added:

“It seemed rather unusual. But matters like that are best left to the BBC.”

Veteran commentator Peter Alliss said:

“It’s like playing poker with someone who has millions when you only have hundreds. The BBC can’t compete. But at the Open, we go through from 9 in the morning until 7.30 at night for four days on the BBC with no interruptions for commercials and it’s there for your licence fee.”

The 141st Open, and the 11th at Royal Lytham , will be staged July 19-22, the course has been lengthened in honor of receiving the worlds best players, and longest hitters. The course at Royal Lytham and St. Annes has been lengthened by 181 yards for this year’s British Open, with all but two holes having been altered since the last time the tournament was held there in 2001.