Peter Oosterhuis, Golfer And Broadcaster Dies At 75!

Peter Oosterhuis, Golfer And Broadcaster Dies At 75
Peter Oosterhuis, Golfer And Broadcaster Dies At 75

Peter Oosterhuis, a former Masters broadcaster and winner of the PGA Tour, passed suddenly on Thursday morning, one day ahead of turning 76.

Although the Englishman was the 1981 Canadian Open winner, he was most renowned for being Augusta National’s longstanding voice of the 17th hole during CBS’s yearly Masters broadcast. Everyone in the neighborhood is in shock over his unexpected passing!

Peter Oosterhuis, Golfer And Broadcaster Dies At 75

Just one day short of turning 76, Peter Oosterhuis, a six-time Ryder Cup competitor who later contributed his eminent British voice to CBS golf telecasts as a commentator, passed away on Thursday.

CBS Sports said in a statement, “Peter was an integral part of our golf coverage and an incredible teammate for nearly two decades. Peter brought a unique style and distinct perspective to our broadcasts which made him one of the most respected analysts in the sport. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Ruth Ann and his entire family.”

Oosterhuis was a dominant player during the Ryder Cup, going 6-2-1 in singles play and defeating Johnny Miller and Arnold Palmer twice. In singles, his six victories are still tied for the record.

In addition, he won the money title on the European Tour twice and finished second twice at the Open Championship. He rose to fame quickly and was rated No. 1 in Europe for four years before joining the PGA Tour.

Peter Oosterhuis, Golfer And Broadcaster Dies At 75
Peter Oosterhuis, Golfer And Broadcaster Dies At 75

In an era of American dominance, he had an overall record of 14-11-3 in all matches at the Ryder Cup, when he won 20 events worldwide and never turned down an invitation to play for Great Britain.

One of his closest calls at majors was losing by one stroke to Tom Watson at the 1982 Open Championship in Royal Troon. In the 1973 Masters, he led for the first three rounds before tying for third.

In the 1981 Canadian Open, he finished one stroke ahead of Jack Nicklaus, Andy North, and Bruce Lietzke, marking his maiden victory on the PGA Tour.

Following his playing career, Oosterhuis settled into a regular role in broadcasting for CBS, where he was a mainstay from 1997 to 2014 when he often contributed analysis from the 17th hole during Masters telecasts. In addition, he worked as an analyst for Golf Channel and Sky Sports.

In addition, Oosterhuis was the golf director at Forsgate Country Club in New Jersey and Riviera Country Club, which is located close to Los Angeles. In the summer of 2014, he declared his retirement from broadcasting, citing his early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Oosterhuis, who was born in London, won the top player title on the circuit for four seasons in a row (1971–1974) and was named the 1969 DP World circuit Rookie of the Year.

He won three championships on the Southern Africa Tour and seven on the DP World Tour, and in 1975 he became one of the first foreign players to hold a full-time position on the U.S.-based PGA Tour. In 1981, he had his greatest year on the PGA Tour, finishing with $115,862 and 28th place on the money list.

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