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FOND FAREWELL FOR IVOR ROBSON

After 41 years the curtain comes down for the Official Starter to the European Tour and The Open

Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan were the last of 60 professionals to be sent on their way for the final round of the DP World Tour Championship. There to witness the end of an era were players, caddies, colleagues and fans, with the occasion marked with presentations from The European Tour and the players themselves.

In presenting an engraved salver, Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “I have been here for the last five hours and seen the admiration of every single player - every single player has saluted Ivor. For 41 years, from Carnoustie in 1975, it has been a privilege to see how people have treated you. The players have come back to see you again and you will be missed. We wish you all the best in your retirement. On behalf of The European Tour, thank you and congratulations.”

The last word, fittingly came from Ivor himself. “It has been a wonderful career,” he said. “It’s been a great honour to have been allowed to be the Official Starter for The European Tour. The way I have been treated by players, officials, sponsors, in particular Rolex, thank you all very much.” 

And with that, Ivor was no longer,
“On the tee.” 

 

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