Scottish golf broadcaster Renton Laidlaw dies at 82; Homage

  Scottish golf broadcaster Renton Laidlaw dies at 82;  Homage

Tributes were paid to Renton Laidlaw, a highly respected Scottish golf journalist and host who has died at the age of 82.

Born in Edinburgh, Laidlaw was a true voice of the sport through the medium and his relentless dedication and distinctive style earned him accolades and accolades throughout a career of revered longevity.

Laidlaw covered her first British Open in 1959 when she became the first non-American journalist to reach the 40 Masters tournament mark in 2013.

In all, the soft-spoken Scotsman has covered 165 major tournaments, including 58 Opens and 42 Masters, as well as other major golf events during his six decades of professional life as a globetrotter.

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Sky Sports golf commentator Ewen Murray led a tribute to fellow Edinburgh man and wrote: “I met Renton Laidlaw when I was seven. He was 22 and every Friday before his column for the Edinburgh Evening News used to come to my parents’ house for tea.

“He was my mentor at the beginning of my television career. A talented broadcaster, an extraordinary person in every way. Many hearts are aching tonight.

Renton Laidlaw has died at the age of 82.

Dougie Donnelly, another well-trained voice in golf, described Laidlaw as a “dear friend and collaborator” and said that he was “an exceptional writer and broadcaster with whom he worked, and a great support for me.” Was. In many other years. He will be remembered for sure.”

BBC Golf correspondent, Ian Carter, said that Laidlaw has been “the voice of BBC Radio Golf and the king of golf media for so many years”.

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We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Renton Laidlaw.

With his distinctive Scottish voice, Laidlaw was one of the most respected golf broadcasters and journalists, and provided outstanding service and dedication to the sport.

Our hearts are with his family in this time of sorrow.

— R&A (@RandA) 12 October 2021

The sport’s governing body, The R&A, issued a statement on Laidlaw’s passing, saying: “With his distinctive Scottish voice, Laidlaw was one of golf’s most respected broadcasters and journalists, and he did an outstanding service to the sport.” and surrendered.”


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