British Open first tee announcer Ivor Robson retiring after St. Andrews

British Open first tee announcer Ivor Robson retiring after St. Andrews



Ivor Robson, the voice of the first tee of the Open Championship since 1975 at Carnoutie, will retire from the post after the Claret Jug is awarded this week at St. Andrews.

“I feel you can’t go on forever and if you’re going to step off there’s no better place to do it than here,” Robson said Wednesday before the four-hole Champions Challenge, according to Golf Channel. “It’s time to go.”

In 40 previous Opens, Robson, who handles similar duties for the European Tour, has never missed a tee time. Not one.


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Robson, who isn't sure what he will do in retirement, said he will most miss being a part of the spectacle of the game's oldest major.

He said, “Being involved, being a part of a team. I’ll miss that a lot."

The Brit will finish out the season with the European Tour, through its Race to Dubai, before passing the mic to someone else.


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