Ivor Robson, the official starter for the British Open for 41 years, has died at age 83, the Royal and Historical Golf Membership introduced Tuesday.
He delivered his well-known “on the tee” announcement in his distinctive sing-song tone and Scottish accent for each golfer who performed within the Open from 1975-2015, famously avoiding lavatory breaks with a purpose to not miss a tee time.
He additionally served because the official starter of the PGA European Tour for 40 years.
“We’re deeply saddened to listen to of Ivor’s passing,” R&A chief government Martin Slumbers stated in an announcement. “As official starter at The Open for over 40 years, his voice was immediately recognisable and synonymous with the Championship for gamers and thousands and thousands of golf followers worldwide.
“He was standard and nicely revered amongst all golfers who performed in The Open and I do know that they may share in our unhappiness at this information. On behalf of all of us at The R&A, I want to convey our heartfelt condolences to his spouse of 61 years, Lesley, and the Robson household.”
Robson was born and made his residence in Moffat, Scotland. Described by the R&A as a “fiercely personal man who loved enjoying when he may at his beloved Moffat Golf Membership,” Robson labored his first and final Open championships in his residence nation, at Carnoustie in 1975 and at St. Andrews in 2015.
“It has been a beautiful profession,” he stated on the time of his retirement. “It’s been an ideal honor. The way in which I’ve been handled by gamers, officers, sponsors … thanks all very a lot.”
Tiger Woods and others posted on social media Tuesday to precise their appreciation for Robson, who is alleged to have introduced practically 19,000 golfers throughout his profession.
“Thanks Ivor for making every one in all my Open begins so memorable,” Woods posted on X, previously referred to as Twitter.
Three-time Open champion Gary Participant posted: “The voice of the Open Championship. So many unimaginable recollections with Ivor through the years. Relaxation in Peace, my pal.”
Ian Poulter wrote: “Ivor Robson the Voice of the Open Championship. You sadly have left us immediately however your voice and happiness hasn’t. #RIP My Pal. First tee recollections will final without end.”