Who's who: Peter Alliss

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Who's who: Peter Alliss

  • Name:

    Peter Alliss
  • Country:

    England
  • Lived:

    [1931-2020]. Born on Feb 28, 1931 in Berlin, Germany. Died on Dec 6, 2020 at home in Hindhead, Surrey (aged 89).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Parkstone GC, Dorset.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, course designer, golf writer and commentator.
  • Turned Pro:

    1947 (aged 16).
  • Website:

    https://www.peteralliss.co.uk

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1953, '57, '59, '61, '63, '65, '67, '69). Multiple wins in Europe and internationally. Awarded Harry Vardon Trophy as (British) PGA Order of Merit winner (1964, '66). British PGA Captain (1962, '87). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2012).

Golf course design

Peter Allis collaborated with Dave Thomas on several golf course designs, including: The Brabazon course, The Belfry (1977); Lansdowne course, Blairgowrie GC (1975); Cannes-Mougins GC (1978). Subsequently he formed a successful partnership with Clive Clark, and co-designed several more courses, including: Alcaidesa, Spain (1991); Melbourne course, Brocket Hall GC (1992); Anglais course, La Tournette GC, Belgium (1988); Manor House at Castle Combe (1992); Milford (1993); Pyrford (1993); Marquess course, Woburn (2000).

Did you know?

Alliss was born in Berlin, where his father Percy was a golf professional at the time. After a successful professional career, Peter Alliss applied his thorough understanding of the game to golf course design, writing and television commentary. His witty, knowledgable and charismatic style ensured his recognition as the "voice of British golf", especially among his legions of devoted followers.

Top tournaments won by Peter Alliss

1969
Europe
149
£1,500
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

149

Prize money

£1,500

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the Piccadilly Medal (July 16-19; medal match play format). Peter Alliss (Eng) beat George Will (Scot) at the 37th hole, after they had both scored 149 in the 36-hole final. [Prince's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

1967
Europe
270 (-14)
£750
Agfa-Gevaert

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

£750

Title sponsor

Agfa-Gevaert

Played as the Agfa-Gevaert Tournament (May 11-13). Second-placed Peter Butler (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Peter Alliss (Eng). [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].

1966
Europe
Long Ashton
275 (-9)
£875
Martini

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Long Ashton

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

£875

Title sponsor

Martini

Played as the £6000 Martini International (May 19-21). Second-placed Peter Alliss (Eng) and Bill Large (Eng) finished in a tie for first place. Tony Jacklin (Eng) finished 4 shots further back in third place. [Long Ashton GC, nr Bristol, England].

1966
Europe
267 (-17)
£500
Rediffusion

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

La Moye

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

£500

Title sponsor

Rediffusion

Played as the (last) Rediffusion Tournament (Sept 29-Oct 2). Second-placed Tony Jacklin (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Peter Alliss (Eng). [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].

1966
Awards
70.51
British PGA

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Score

70.51

Prize money

Title sponsor

British PGA

Alliss (Eng) won his second Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1966 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Alliss's 70.51 was based on 47 rounds played.

1965
Europe
Bangor GC, N.Ire
271 (-13)
£450
Jeyes

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Bangor GC, N.Ire

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

£450

Title sponsor

Jeyes

Played as the Jeyes £3000 Professional-Amateur Tournament (June 11-14). Second-placed Dave Thomas (Wales) finished 4 shots behind Peter Alliss (Eng). [Bangor GC, Co.Down, N.Ireland].

1965
Europe
286 (-6)
£600
Schweppes

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

286 (-6)

Prize money

£600

Title sponsor

Schweppes

Played as the Schweppes PGA Close Championship (April 29-May 1; for UK & Ireland professionals only). Peter Alliss (Eng) beat Peter Butler (Eng) with a birdie four at the first playoff hole, to record his third win in this event. [Prince's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

1964
Awards
72.48
British PGA

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Score

72.48

Prize money

Title sponsor

British PGA

Alliss (Eng) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1964 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Alliss's 72.48 was based on 56 rounds played.

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

25 pts

Prize money

£1,250

Title sponsor

Esso

Played as the Esso Golden Tournament (July 23-26; 15-player round-robin match play format). Second-placed Dave Thomas (Wales) and Christy O'Connor Snr (Ire) finished 7 pts behind Alliss (Eng). [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].

1964
Europe
293
£750
Swallow / Penfold

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Maesdu

Score

293

Prize money

£750

Title sponsor

Swallow / Penfold

Played as the Swallow-Penfold Tournament. Second-placed Alex Caygill (Eng) and Hedley Muscroft (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Alliss (Eng). [Llandudno Maesdu GC, Llandudno, N Wales].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

280

Prize money

£750

Title sponsor

Daks

Played as the Daks Tournament. Neil Coles (Eng) and Peter Alliss (Eng) finished in a tie for first place. Denis Hutchinson (S Africa) finished 2 shots further back in third place. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

287

Prize money

£500

Title sponsor

Schweppes

Played as the Schweppes PGA Close Championship (April 5-7; for UK & Ireland professionals only). Second-placed Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire) and Ralph Moffitt (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Alliss (Eng), who claimed his second PGA Championship title. [Little Aston GC, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Warwicks].

1961
America
272 (E)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Gavea

Score

272 (E)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Second-placed Mario Gonzalez (Brazil) finished 4 shots behind Alliss (Eng). [Gavea GC, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

280

Prize money

£600

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop £2750 Tournament. Second-placed Henry Cotton (Eng) and Dai Rees (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Alliss (Eng). [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Estoril

Score

264 (-12)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Portuguese Open (Oct 26-28). Second-placed and defending champion Ángel Miguel (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Peter Alliss (Eng). [Estoril GC, Estoril, Portugal].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Varese

Score

282

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Italian Open (25th). Won by Peter Alliss (Eng). [GC Varese, Luvinate, nr Varese].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

268

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Spanish Open. Won by Peter Alliss (Eng). [Arriba course, Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].

1957
Europe
286
£250
UK / Ire PGA

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Venue

Maesdu

Score

286

Prize money

£250

Title sponsor

UK / Ire PGA

Played as the PGA Close Championship (April 3-5; for UK & Ireland professionals only). Second-placed and defending champion Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Alliss (Eng), who recorded the first of three wins in this event. [Llandudno Maesdu GC, Llandudno, Conwy, Wales].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

285

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Spanish Open. Won by Peter Alliss (Eng). [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, El Prat de Llobregat, nr Barcelona Airport. Club now located in Terrassa, nr Barcelona].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

359

Prize money

£500

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop £2635 Tournament (played over 90 holes). Second-placed Eric Brown (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Alliss (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Alliss, Peter

Score

279

Prize money

£400

Title sponsor

Daks

Played as the Daks Tournament. Second-placed Bobby Locke (S Africa) finished 1 shot behind 23-year-old Alliss (Eng), who recorded his first top-flight victory as a tournament professional. [Little Aston GC, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Warwicks].

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