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Iconic Golf Announcer Ivor Robson Dies Aged 83

Iconic Golf Announcer Ivor Robson Dies Aged 83
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Ivor Robson, known for being the voice of the Open Championship for 41 years, has died at the age of 83.

Robson began his career at Carnoustie in 1975 and is regarded as “one of the most distinctive voices in golf”. He has gained widespread recognition within the golfing community for his role as the official starter at The Open and numerous other global tournaments, where he is renowned for delivering his iconic opening phrase, ‘On the tee…'”

The likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Rory McIlroy have been sent out onto courses around the world by Robson, contributing significantly to their careers in the sport.

Robson announced his retirement in the 2015 Open.

Tributes have been pouring in from the community mourning his passing.

CEO of R&A, Martin Slumbers, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of Ivor’s passing. As official starter at The Open for over 40 years, his voice was instantly recognisable and synonymous with the Championship for players and millions of golf fans worldwide.

“He was popular and well respected among all golfers who played in The Open and I know that they will share in our sadness at this news. On behalf of all of us at The R&A, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to his wife of 61 years, Lesley, and the Robson family.”

The Open Championship released a statement reading: “He was the official starter at The Open for 41 years and his passing has been met with an outpouring of affection from players and golf administrators alike.

“He also acted as the DP World Tour’s official starter for over 40 years with his ‘on the tee’ message delivered in his cultured brogue at famous golf venues around the globe.”