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Famed Scottish golf broadcaster Renton Laidlaw dies at 82; tributes flood in

Famed Scottish golf broadcaster Renton Laidlaw dies at 82; tributes flood in

Tributes have been made to Renton Laidlaw, a hugely respected Scottish golf journalist and broadcaster, who has passed away at the age of 82.

Edinburgh-born Laidlaw was a true voice of the game across the mediums and his tireless dedication and distinctive style brought acclaim and accolades throughout a career of revered longevity.

Laidlaw covered his first British Open back in 1959 while he would become the first non-American reporter to reach the milestone of 40 Masters tournaments in 2013.

In total, the softly-spoken Scot covered 165 majors including 58 Opens and 42 Masters as well as golf’s other showpiece occasions in a globe-trotting professional life spanning six decades.

Read more: Renton Laidlaw reflects on golf’s golden age

Ewen Murray, the Sky Sports golf commentator, led the tributes for his fellow Edinburgh man and wrote: “I met Renton Laidlaw when I was seven. He was 22 and came to my parents’ house every Friday for tea ahead of his column for the Edinburgh Evening News.

“He was my mentor at the start of my TV career. A gifted broadcaster, an exceptional man in every way. Many hearts are sore tonight.”

Renton Laidlaw died at the age of 82.

Dougie Donnelly,…

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