Ryder Cup Winners, European Tour Golfers and Broadcasters Pay Homage to Renton Laidlaw | Golf news
Posted On October 13, 2021
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
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.
The European Tour is saddened to learn of the death of famous broadcaster and journalist Renton Laidlaw.
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.
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.”
Very sad to hear of the passing of Renton Laidlaw, a lovely man from RIP Renton.
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.”
Very sad to wake up to the news of Renton Laidlaw’s passing. A wonderful man who had time for everyone. A wonderful voice that tells a story that has always captivated us. Respected throughout the industry, one of a kind, he will be missed by all of us.
I met Renton Laidlaw when I was 7 years old. He was 22 and came to my parents’ house every Friday for tea before his column for the Edinburgh Evening News. He was my mentor at the start of my television career. A gifted broadcaster, an exceptional man in every way. Many hearts are sore tonight.
A very sad day today for my family and the global golf family with the sudden passing of our dear Renton Laidlaw. I am really lost with this news. One of the greatest golf journalists and commentators of our time. Thank you Renton, we will miss you so much. I love you ️
So sad to hear tonight that a dear friend and colleague has left. Renton Laidlaw was an exceptional writer and entertainer, held in sincere affection by everyone he worked with, and great support for me and so many others over the years. He will be sorely missed.