Eilidh Barbour took over from Hazel Irvine, who is stepping down after 25 years covering the golf
EILIDH BARBOUR is the face of BBC’s golf coverage – and it’s just rewards for her dedication to popularise the sport.
The 34-year-old took over from Hazel Irvine as lead anchor from The Masters earlier this year.
What’s Eilidh Barbour’s background?
Eilidh was born in Scotland, and regards Edinburgh as “her home”.
She has been interested in golf from an early age, and also plays the sport.
As a child she actually wrote to Hazel Irvine telling of her admiration for the presenter. Now she will follow in her hero’s footsteps.
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What has Eilidh Barbour worked as before?
Eilidh Barbour has covered golf for BBC Radio 5 Live and has also worked as a reporter on Football Focus, Final Score, the Euro 2016 tournament and FA Cup games.
She also fronts the BBC’s coverage of women’s football and women’s rugby.
The 34-year-old began presenting the sports news on BBC News Channel in September 2014.
When will Eilidh Barbour make her debut as lead golf host
Hazel Irvine will step down after 25 years presenting golf for the BBC.
Her last event will be the Masters, which will start on April 6 and is to be held in Augusta.
Eilidh Barbour will take over from her idol, and make her debut at the PGA Championship in May.
Interesting fact about Eilidh Barbour?
Eilidh Barbour, 34, has campaigned for more women to play golf.
She once told the website Scottish Golf: “There are definitely more girls getting involved, I would say it’s a growing sport, and campaigns like this help to encourage that.
“The tours with the female pros are also becoming better known and some of these girls are young and funkily dressed. It’s the same with the young guys too, like Rickie Fowler, who wears his hi-top boots on the golf course. It’s much more inclusive as a sport.”
Who will Eilidh Barbour work alongside?
Eilidh Barbour makes her debut at the PGA Championship in May, joining Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.
As a fierce campaigner for women’s golf, it will be interesting to see how the working relationship develops between her and Alliss.
The 86-year-old has previously suggested that women who want to play on the previously men-only Muirfield course should marry a member.
Alliss, an eight-times Ryder Cup golfer, takes a more traditional view of the sport and is known for his blunt commentary.
In the 2015 Open at St Andrews, when the cameras showed Zach Johnson’s wife, Kim Barclay, as he putted to win a place in the three-way play-off, he muttered: “She’s probably thinking, ‘If this goes in, I get a new kitchen’.”
When Paul Dunne, an Irish amateur, was hugged by his mother as left the course, Alliss said: “Ah, that must be mum. Perhaps he likes older women. I don’t know but I hope I got the right one.”