BBC hires Alliss and Van de Velde to work British Open
Legendary British television personality Peter Alliss, 79, who called his first British Open in 1961, will again work the Open for the BBC at St. Andrews this summer, according to a source familiar with the network's hires, which were finalized earlier this month.
Among his coworkers will be a man whose lowest moment Alliss helped broadcast to the world.
Jean Van de Velde, the Frenchman who kicked away the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie, will be an on-course reporter for the year's third major, according to the source. Van de Velde needed only to make double-bogey 6 on the 72nd hole but made 7 and lost the '99 Open to Paul Lawrie in a playoff.
"Oh, I'm not sure this is the right move," Alliss said as Van de Velde pulled driver on 18. The BBC legend also said Van de Velde's brain had seemingly departed with the fairies, and was criticized for poking fun.
Alliss defended himself in a 2007 interview with GOLF Magazine, saying he wasn't making fun of Van de Velde, and adding, "It was most certainly the saddest thing I've ever commented on."