The autobiography of the instantly recognisable golf commentator
For almost 50 years BBC commentator and presenter Peter Alliss has been acknowledged as 'The voice of golf', an accolade he never anticipated when he became a professional and Ryder Cup golfer some 20 years earlier.
In his latest book he revisits his remarkable journey from fairway to commentary booth and television studio- how he got there, how he approaches his TV work offering a fascinating insight into this complex, often dramatic world.
Along the way Peter Alliss describes the characters and strengths of the greatest players whom he has encountered on or off the fairway. He naturally highlights Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, and pays tribute to the charismatic , and much missed Seve Ballesteros. He takes the story right up to the current stars like Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, and gives due credit to the comeback in 2019 of Tiger Woods, perhaps the greatest golfer of all time.
Peter Alliss also meanders through his unexpected encounters with the biggest showbiz stars of his life He nominates the greatest players of his time and selects what he believes to be the greatest Ryder Cup teams.
'Speaking of Golf' offers a compelling read for everyone interested in the game of golf and life itself. This is book that will fascinate, charm and amuse Peter Alliss's many admirers.
Peter Alliss was born in 1931, the son of Percy Alliss, one of Britain's leading professional golfers in the 1920s and 30s. Peter himself turned professional in 1947, at the age of sixteen. During his pro career Peter won three British PGA championships, played in eight Ryder Cup teams, and ten teams representing England in the World Cup. He won 23 major tournaments in all.
Peter Alliss is now universally known and loved for his golfing commentaries throughout the world, for the BBC in the UK and ABC in the US. For millions of people around the world, Peter Alliss is 'the Voice of Golf'. He was voted by Golf Digest as 'The Best Golf Commentator ... Ever.'