Peter Alliss (BBC Golf Commentator Dies At 89) Biography: Wiki, Age, Career, Death Cause

Who is Peter Alliss? Peter Alliss Bio/Wiki

Peter Alliss was a professional golfer, TV host, commentator, author, and golf course designer from England.

He has been known by many as the “Voice of golf” since the death of Henry Longhurst in 1978. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the category of lifetime achievement in 2012.

The iconic BBC golf commentator, Peter Alliss, has died at the age of 89.


He was 89 years old.


Alliss was married to Joan McGuinness for the first in 1953. Two children were born to them, Gary born in 1954 and Carol born in 1960.

Alliss married his second wife, Jackie, in 1972. Alliss had two daughters with Jackie: Sara and Victoria, and two sons, Simon and Henry.

At the age of 9, Victoria was born seriously impaired and died. Gary is a professional golfer and coach and in 2007 and 2009, was captain of Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team.


In 1957, 1962, and 1965, Alliss won 20 professional tournaments between 1952 and 1969, including three British PGA Championships. In the Open Championship, he had five top-10 finishes, coming nearest to Royal Birkdale in 1954 when he finished four shots behind champion Peter Thomson.

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Between 1953 and 1969, Alliss played on eight Ryder Cup teams with a record of 10 wins, 15 defeats and 5 matches halved. He played on the winning 1957 Ryder Cup team in Great Britain.

The first father and son to compete in both and both to win the Ryder Cup were Peter and his father Percy. On 10 occasions, Alliss has played England in the World Cup.

His first round of 63 in the British PGA Championship in 1961 was a tournament record at the time and remained the tournament’s joint-lowest round until the round of 62 by Robert Karlsson in 2010.

By the time the European Tour was officially formed in 1972, Alliss’s competitive career was almost over, but he played in some events in the early years of the Tour, making his last appearance on the tour in 1974.

Alliss was a patron of the Wildlife Ark Trust, which is dedicated to protecting the red squirrel and the water vole in the United Kingdom.

Death Cause

On 6 December 2020, Alliss’s death was announced.

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