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Ivor Robson, legendary British Open announcer, dies at 83

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Ivor Robson, the legendary presenter of The Open for more than 40 years, has died aged 83.

Robson’s Scottish accent and “On the tee…” introductions were a familiar sound to fans at the Open at the first tee, where he worked from 1975 until his retirement in 2015.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Ivor’s passing,” R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said in a statement Tuesday announcing Robson’s death. No cause of death was given.

Ivor Robson, long-time voice of the British Open, has died aged 83.
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“His voice was instantly recognizable and synonymous with championships for players and millions of golf fans around the world. He was popular and respected among all the golfers who played at the Open and I know they will share our sadness at this news.

Born in 1940 in England, Robson began work on the first tee of the Open in 1975 at Carnoustie.

He never missed a tee time in his 40-year career.

Over the years, Robson has introduced more than 18,000 players, including Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

Woods was among many current and former players who took to social media Tuesday to fondly remember Robson.

“Thank you Ivor for making each of my Open starts so memorable,” Woods wrote.

Many player reactions were indicative of the legendary status of Robson’s presence at the Open.


Ivor Robson shakes hands with Tiger Woods at the 2014 British Open.
Ivor Robson shakes hands with Tiger Woods at the 2014 British Open.
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Nick Dougherty, originally from England, also shared his reaction on social media.

“The roller coaster ride of a professional golfer’s career is found in every round of this volatile sport,” Dougherty wrote. “For many of us, for so long, the only guarantee each day was the calm of Ivor’s voice, the last to wish you luck on each journey…a great man.”

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