BBC apologises over golf commentator's sexist on-air remarks

Kim Barclay congratulates husband Zach Johnson on his British Open victory at St Andrews yesterday.

Kim Barclay congratulates husband Zach Johnson on his British Open victory at St Andrews yesterday. Photo: AP

The BBC has issued an apology, after the network's veteran golf commentator Peter Alliss came under fire for making sexist remarks while covering this week's British Open tournament.

Yesterday, as eventual champion Zach Johnson lined up to take a putt to win the title and the camera squared in on his wife Kim Barclay, Alliss blurted out:

"She is probably thinking, 'If this goes in, I get a new kitchen.'"

The groans were heard right across Twitter:

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It was the 84-year-old commentator and former pro's second controversial remark at the St Andrews course in as many days.

Earlier in the week, he was slammed for an inappropriate comment about Irish golfer Paul Dunne's mother, who hugged the golfer as he walked off following third-round play. 

"Ah, that must be mum. Perhaps he likes older women. I don't know but I hope I got the right one," said Alliss, in the kind of odd, meandering commentary only golf could produce. 

Overnight, the BBC issued a lukewarm apology, saying: "Peter made a lighthearted comment which was inappropriate, and we apologise if anyone was offended."

Alliss has previously been criticised for his outdated views. As the Telegraph notes, he lamented the demise of male-only golf clubs during an interview with the Radio Times just this past April, saying that new legislation in the UK that granted women equality on the golf course had "buggered up" the game.