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Last Updated: Monday, 16 July 2007, 08:50 GMT 09:50 UK
Q&A Peter Alliss
BBC commentator Peter Alliss
Peter has been commentating for the BBC for 46 years
We asked for your questions to BBC commentator Peter Alliss about the Open Championship and all things golf.

Peter has been commentating for the BBC since 1961 and will again be part of the team when the 136th Open tees-off at Carnoustie.

Before he picked up a microphone Peter enjoyed a long and highly-successful career, winning 20 titles after turning pro at the tender age of 15.

He moved into broadcasting at the age of 38 and has entertained viewers ever since with his insightful and humorous commentary style.

Thanks for all your questions - Peter answers a selection below.


I still have the photograph of you re-opening Simpsons Golf Shop here at Carnoustie some years ago by chipping in through the front door. Is it REALLY true that you did this with the door closed and chipped the ball through the letter box?

Peter Broadley

Yes, well that's partially true. I actually opened the shop by chipping through an open door - not through the letter box.


Do you think golf courses now are made for big hitters? I feel that touch and feel is no longer needed to win a Major.

Paul Simms, England

I suppose they are, but they are defeating the object now as players are just using irons off the tee which is a real pity. You still need a touch of finesse though to win a Major. It depends on the conditions, if it takes big hitting out of the equation you need a lot of touch and finesse and that's where the likes of Luke Donald come into play.


With Seve Ballesteros now retired I was wondering if you have a favourite moment or victory from his amazing career?

Jonathan Atkins, United Kingdom

Seve was remarkable. He did some truly amazing things over a period of 10-12 years. His battles in Ryder Cup matches and his victories at the Open Championship spring to mind. I particularly enjoyed his win at Lytham were he hit a few wayward shots but recovered in such style was terrific.


It's often difficult for the average club players to appreciate how difficult Major championship courses are set up - how do you think the club golfer (say 10 handicap) would fair if faced with Carnoustie?

Morales Daniel

They would seriously struggle to break 95! You've got Nick Faldo today who struggled to break 80 and he is one of the best players we have ever had. Links golf, when it's windy, would make it so difficult for any ten handicapper. You just cannot comprehend just how hard it is and how quick the greens are at somewhere like Augusta.


Why does it seem that despite there being a talented pool of British golfers on the scene, they never seem to win anything? What is wrong with them, are they all a load of Tim Henman's?

Simon, Bath, England

I think that is a little unfair. Remember, Tim Henman got to the semi-finals of Wimbledon four times. I admit, he didn't win anything, but it was still an impressive achievement. The trouble with our golfers is that they lack a bit of consistency and you are right and they should be winning more.


Which is your favourite golf course that you have played?

Craig Hamill, Basingstoke - UK

I like heather, pine and silver birch trees so Sunningdale, Wentworth and Ferndown spring to mind. There are courses around the Surrey/Hampshire borders that I really like playing on and there are courses near Bournemouth that I like as well.


Who would be your ideal (non-former pro) commentating partner? Personally I think you and Terry Wogan would make an excellent pair, who I'd love to listen to all day!

James, England

Terry Wogan is my youngest son's godfather actually! So we see each other quite frequently and we have dinner together which is great fun. I also hugely respect Sky Sports' Ewen Murray as he knows so much about the game of golf. He is a very knowledgeable man.


I was wondering who is your favourite for this year's Open? Do you feel the weather will throw the field wide open?

Karl Curran, Northern Ireland

The weather could play a huge part. Those that started in the rain early this morning might have thought they were getting a bad deal but it didn't turn out too badly. As for who is going to win, it's wide open. Tiger Woods is the favourite at 3-1 which is ridiculous in a field of 156!


What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a golf course?

Tim Regan, England

You don't see too many funny things on a golf course. However, I was taken by surprise a couple of years back at Troon when four guys all had T-shirts saying, 'we love Peter Alliss' on them.

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