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Monday
May072012

Doctors Expect Peter Alliss' Hand To Make Full Recovery After Golf Channel Melts His Hook Into Fleshy Ball

It may be cable, but it is still the Golf Channel and Peter Alliss' World Golf Hall of Fame Induction speech did indeed end with a mildly offensive gesture to select grandmothers. Here is the photo, and then the story in question after the image...

From the ceremony transcript:

So it's time to‑‑ I could waffle on for another four or five hours.  I just want to say this:  I think of it often because I did leave school early.  I was quite bright, but I remember my last report which was sent home.

We had a headmistress that my modest school was called cross by house school.  She was a Mrs.Violet Weymouth, and she was a short Welsh woman.  She always had a cigarette dangling out of her mouth and the smoke used to trickle up here, and you could see where the smoke went.  There was sort of a brown line up there.  But she was‑‑ you didn't mess about with Mrs. Weymouth, I can tell you that.  I'm always staggered today where I read that children go to school and beat up the teachers.  They wouldn't have done that in my day, I'll tell you.  But I remember the last report she sent back to my parents, and it went something like this:  Peter does have a brain, but he's rather loathe to use it.  His only interests appear to be the game of golf and Violet Pretty, a girl I liked.  She never knew about Iris Baker, but they were the two that uced me to some of the ways of the world, for which I'll be eternally grateful.  And although we were very young, I wish to God we could do it today.

I fear for his future were the last words she wrote on my report.  So mom and dad died a long, long time ago, and if there is such a thing as heaven and if people do look down, well, mom, dad, here we are.  Look at this lot.  Look where I've been, look what I've done.  Never worked very hard at it.  But it's all fallen into place.  Lovely family, lovely wife, looks after me, shouts a bit occasional.  But they are remarkable.  They put up with all my nonsense, and I love them dearly.

And Mrs.Weymouth, if you're there, (holds up middle finger).

Doug Ferguson's AP story mentions this and many other great moments from the ceremony. Garry Smits in the hometown Florida Times Union did not mention it, but also had less space.

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Reader Comments (12)

I think Peter Alliss is brilliant but I don't think this was necessary. Perhaps he's losing the plot a bit.
05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChina Golfer
man, if I ever got into anything mine would be...
And Tim Finchem, if you're looking......

Made me laugh very hard Peter! May be the wrong time, but I am a fan
05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
He obviously had a couple to loosen the joints first and enjoyed himself and the moment a little too much but I guess now we know thats Peter and whats not to like?
05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterArdmore Ari
I thought it was very funny. Both he and Sandy Lyle looked very relaxed. Great fun.
05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoel
God bless Peter Alliss. Long may he reign.

He did it so others needn't!
05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandfly
Peter Alliss will always be the best in my book. Love it!
05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRDC5
And if Tiger does something like this in his induction....Blogs would explode. In either case it would be awesome if TW would do this to Miceli...Just my 2 euros.
05.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEl Chivo
Peter Alliss taught me English. When I was 10, we got the BBC feed of the 1986 Masters through Sky Channel via our newfangled satellite dish (a rarity in Sweden at the time), and my dad recorded it on VCR since it was shown well past my bedtime. I watched that tape over and over and over again, and I can still replay every shot from that telecast as well as do a voiceover of the entire commentary from Alliss and co-commentator Tony Jacklin. As my English professor at University said: "I can think of worse teachers". Indeed.
05.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
This did not offend me.
I can see how it might upset those who want to maintain the importance and the serious nature of such an honor.
But seriously, folks, it's just golf . . . and a golf banquet. Not life or death. And it was an obscene hand gesture, not even verbal.
Only if, as a result, the acceptances following had devolved into more depraved, more vulgar behavior, would I object to Peter's action.
05.8.2012 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
@El Chivo----that would be enjoyable if Tiger did that to bow stache! Tough to take he is.
05.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterViz
I usually like Allis but that was very tacky
05.9.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
I'VE NEVER PLAYED GOLF BUT GOLF WITHOUT PETER ALLISS IS UNTHINKABLE! HE'S COME OUT WITH SOME 'CLASSIC LINES' OVER THE YEARS AND LONG MAY THAT CONTINUE. AS REGARDS THE GESTURE AIMED AT OUR DEAR DEPARTED MRS WEYMOUTH; PEOPLE OUGHT TO 'LIGHTEN UP' AND REMEMBER THE HUGE CONTRIBUTION THAT PETER ALLISS HAS MADE TO BRITISH GOLF, GOLF COURSE DESIGN AND THE ART OF GOLF COMMENTARY. AT 81YRS OLD HE'S STILL A 'BOY' AT HEART. THREE CHEERS FOR PETER ALLISS, I SAY AND I SUSPECT MRS WEYMOUTH HAD A SMILE ABOUT THE GESTURE TOO!!
07.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterREADING RICK

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