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Oct 17th, 2023

'Voice of The Open' Ivor Robson Dies Aged 83

He was the official starter at The Open for 41 years

Legendary golf announcer Ivor Robson dubbed 'Voice of The Open' has died aged 83. He was the official first-tee starter for 18,995 players across 41 editions of the championship between Carnoustie in 1975 and St Andrews in 2015.

Martin Slumbers, CEO of The R&A, 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.”

Tributes have begun to poor with golfers recognising Robson's contribution to the game over the years;

TAGS: News, The Open, Ivor Robson, 2023