HOYLAKE, England – For 40 years Ivor Robson has been the voice that moved the Open Championship.
“From Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy,” Robson, the first tee announcer at the Open since 1974, bellowed in his signature singsong cadence late Sunday afternoon at Royal Liverpool.
In recent years it’s become almost as much of a tradition to ask Robson if this would be the last year he serves as the announcer at the game’s oldest championship, and rumors have been swirling this week at Hoylake that he is considering making next year’s Open his last.
Although Robson said he hasn’t made any official plans to retire, he did open the door to the possibility when asked on Sunday.
“We’ll see. There are a few people I need to talk to if I was thinking of retiring. Every year it seems someone asks me. I think they want to get rid of me,” he joked. “We’ll see how we go.”
Next year’s Open will be played at St. Andrews and will also be Tom Watson’s last championship, which could make it an enticing swansong for Robson.
“I’ve done 40 (Open Championships). I’ve had a good run,” he said.