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Scottish broadcaster and journalist Renton Laidlaw died Tuesday at the age of 82; Golf world rushes to pay tribute to veteran golf commentator on social media

Last updated: 10/13/21 11:41

Well-respected journalist Renton Laidlaw has died aged 82

Well-respected journalist Renton Laidlaw has died aged 82

Ian Poulter, Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher are among the golfers to pay tribute to famous broadcaster and golf journalist Renton Laidlaw, who died Tuesday at the age of 82.

The veteran journalist, a former recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Award for golf journalism, has died at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after testing the post for Covid-19 over the weekend.

Laidlaw’s career began with the Edinburgh Evening News in 1957, the Scotsman having played with STV and the BBC before becoming the London Evening Standard’s golf correspondent for 25 years, from 1973 to 1998.

He commented on BBC Radio for 15 years and for various other outlets during his tenure as Golf Correspondent for the Evening Standard, before becoming a full time host for European Tour Productions in 1999. He then became a commentator for Golf Channel and other organizations around the world.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Renton Laidlaw,” read a statement from the R&A. “With his distinctive Scottish voice, Laidlaw was one of golf’s most respected broadcasters and journalists, and provided excellent service and dedication to the sport.

Laidlaw (right) commenting with Warren Humphreys (left) and Ken Brown (middle) for Golf Channel in 2012

Laidlaw (right) commenting with Warren Humphreys (left) and Ken Brown (middle) for Golf Channel in 2012

In 2013, Laidlaw became the first non-American golf journalist to work at the Masters for 40 years, his long career having seen him cover 165 major tournaments, including 58 Open Championships and 42 visits to Augusta National.

Laidlaw had been involved with the Association of Golf Writers (AGW) since 1963 and held several positions including secretary from 1978 to 1995 and president from 1995 to 1998.

The Scotsman then served as AGW chairman from 2005 until his resignation in 2015, after stepping down from European Tour commentary at the end of the previous season.

1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie said on Twitter: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Renton Laidlaw, a lovely man. RIP.”

Scottish golfer Stephen Gallagher added: “I have just heard the very sad news of Renton Laidlaw’s passing, he was an absolute gentleman, the true voice of golf.”

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