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Golf mourns the passing of Jock MacVicar, ‘doyen’ of Scottish golf journalism

11.19pm 5th April 2021 - People

Tributes have poured in from across the golf industry following the death of legendary Scottish golf writer Jock MacVicar, aged 83.

Jock passed away peacefully in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on April 2 following a fall at his home in the city a few days earlier.

MacVicar, who hailed from Southend on the Mull of Kintyre, and went to school with seven-time Scottish Women’s champion Belle Robertson, was still working for the Scottish Daily Express up until his passing.

A member at Dunaverty Golf Club, he was honoured by both Scottish Golf and the PGA in Scotland in recent years for his services to the sport in the home of golf.

MacVicar, who lived in Glasgow for most of his life, was the current president of the Association of Golf Writers, having joined the organisation in 1964.

“Very sad to wake up to this news,” wrote 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, one of MacVicar’s favourite players and a close friend, on Twitter. “Jock was a lovely man and a legend in the golf world. RIP Doyen.”

Eight-time European No.1 Colin Montgomerie also expressed his sadness on social media, writing: “I first met Jock when playing in the 1979 Scottish Boys Championship at West Kilbride. He was always very supportive and knowledgeable. We spoke a few months ago and speaking to Jock was like talking to an old friend. He will be very sadly missed.”

That view was echoed by three other winning Ryder Cup captains, Sam Torrance, Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn, among many others.

“I knew and respected him for over 40 years. A dear friend,” said 2002 skipper Torrance, while McGinley, the captain at Gleneagles, commented: “Jock was a really nice man, popular with us all and a man of great integrity.” Bjorn, the triumphant skipper in Paris in 2018, said: “One of our family has passed. A true gentleman.”

Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, added his voice to a chorus of tributes, saying: “As well as the spiritual home of golf, Scotland is also home to many of the legendary writers and commentators on our sport and today we mourn the passing of one of the greatest in Jock MacVicar. An authoritative voice on every aspect of our game, he enriched the lives of everyone he met and there is no question that the entire golfing world is a sombre place today because of this sad news.”

Martin Dempster, the current chairman of the AGW, writing in a tribute to Jock on the European Tour’s website, said: “Golf has lost a great man and some of us have lost a great friend. Angus John MacVicar, though, will never be forgotten by the vast majority of people he came across in life and that says it all.”

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