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Renton Laidlaw: Former Evening Standard and BBC golf correspondent dies aged 82

The news was confirmed Tuesday night and saw a number of tributes paid to Laidlaw, who retired from Standard in 2000 and lived near the St Andrews Golf Course in his later years.

He covered 58 Open Championships and 42 Masters during his career, including 15 years as a golf correspondent for the BBC.

Laidlaw has also worked for a number of media outlets while editing the R&A Golfer’s Handbook for over a decade.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Renton Laidlaw,” read a statement from the R&A.

“With his distinctive Scottish voice, Laidlaw was one of the most respected golf broadcasters.”

Laidlaw had been involved with the Association of Golf Writers since 1963, fulfilling several roles.

Open winner Paul Lawrie said on Twitter: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Renton Laidlaw, a lovely man. TEAR.”