‘Voice of European Tour’ Renton Laidlaw dies at age 82

Renton Laidlaw, owner of one of golf’s most distinguished, trusted and recognizable voices has died at age 82. He was admitted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the Scotsman.

Laidlaw covered golf for nearly 60 years as a writer, reporter and broadcaster, beginning in 1957 at the Edinburgh Evening News. He later became the “Voice of the European Tour” as the lead host for tour coverage on Golf Channel. Laidlaw’s talents reached a broader, American audience as the fledgling channel showcased European Tour events upon its inception in 1995.

Laidlaw was born in 1939 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and after working for his hometown paper became a freelance writer for Reuters before moving on to television and radio. His voice was heard on several of Britain’s leading networks, including Scottish Television, Grampian TV, BBC and Sky Sports. During his early years as a television announcer he doubled as the golf writer for the London Evening Standard.

Laidlaw also served as the secretary of Great Britain’s Association of Golf Writers and was later the editor of the popular “Golfer’s Handbook,” the venerable…


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