His in-depth knowledge of the game and his masterly use of language has endeared him to millions on both sides of the Atlantic. His laid-back style is reminiscent of the 1960s and '70s, when producers had fewer cameras and gizmos at their disposal. It all added up to a less hectic production, giving commentators time to explain and expand. No wonder Peter is the darling of the senior viewer (if not always the younger set).
His award-winning style is unique and idiosyncratic. He will often slip in asides about club events totally unrelated to what's happening on screen. His ability to think on his feet has allowed him to deliver pithy one-liners. Peter is no slave to political correctness. Put more simply, he is a wonderful entertainer. When a male streaker ran onto the 18th green at the 1985 British Open, Peter told viewers, "What a big fuss about such a little thing." Everyone knew what he meant. That's Peter.
Renton Laidlaw, the 2002 recipient of the PGA of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, has covered golf for newspapers, magazines and as a TV commentator since 1959.