If you were going to sum up Peter Alliss' entire life in one photo, the above would be a pretty good candidate. BBC's voice of golf for the past 40 years, and former European Tour winner (he won 23 times in his professional career), has marched to the beat of his own drum his entire career. He's never been one to shy away from the spotlight ... or giving his opinions on the best players in the sport, for that matter.
Alliss thrives on big moments. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that he decided to make the most of his World Golf Hall of Fame induction speech on Monday night by adding a little twist to his closing remarks. The twist? That would be Alliss finishing up his speech by flipping the bird to a former headmistress who left quite an impression on him as a kid.
(And if you're looking for the full transcript from last night's speech, you can find it here.)
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).
So there you go, Peter Alliss leaving the stage with a great story and a final bird flip. I'm going to go out on a limb and say you won't see something like that again at a future Hall of Fame induction ceremony. But then again, there's only one Peter Alliss.
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