2009 British Open

The Open Championship's Real Iron Man: Ivor Robson

STRAFFAN, IRELAND - JULY 2 :  The starter Ivor Robson stands on the first tee during the final round of the third round of The Smurfit European Open on The Palmer Course at The K Club on July 2, 2005 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJuly 15, 2009

If you watch the European Tour or have seen any of the Open Championships since 1975, you've heard his voice.

It has a distinct, high-pitched Scottish brogue, most unique in the world of golf.

It is the voice of Ivor Robson, starter for European Tour events and Open Championships since 1975.

His intros flow. "Now on the tee, this is game No. 32."

He'll then introduce each player.

"From the USA, Tiger Woods!" He puts a soft exclamation on the name of every player to show they are all equally important.

No drawn-out intros that you hear at PGA Tour events such as: "Now on the tee, the winner of...." Then, they proceed to list half of the events Tiger has won.

Nothing like that from Robson: He's quick, simple, and melodic.

He's also the Iron Man of the event.


He stays at his post from the first tee time to the last.

At this event, all 156 players in the field tee off from the first tee. His day will start at 6:30 a.m. Turnberry time (1:30 a.m. on the U.S.'s East Coast) when he introduces the first group of Paul Broadhurst, Michael Campbell, and Mark Calcavecchia.

He be at his post until the final group of Terry Pikadaris, Steve Surry, and Koumei Oda is announced at 4:21 p.m. Turnberry time (11:20 a.m. EDST).

That's nearly 10 hours!

He gets no food, no beverages, and more importantly, no potty breaks.

How does he do it?

"Very little fluids the night before," he has explained on more than one occasion.

It's truly amazing.

So think about that when you watch the telecast this week.

Think to yourself:  "Would I want to try doing that?" 

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