Renton Laidlaw died this week at the age of 82. Photo: Andrew Redington, Getty Images
Editor’s note: This story on Renton Laidlaw, which will run in the Oct. 18 edition of Global Golf Post, is published today as a sneak peek for our GGP+ subscribers.
Renton Laidlaw, a legendary media man who died on 12 October at age 82, was a beacon of old-world courtesy in our changing game. Players of his vintage had the same respect for him as he for them, and their friendships soon became the real thing as opposed to merely journalist–player associations. He had a special bond with Jack Nicklaus, born of the fact that they were much the same age; he felt honoured to have sat next to Arnold Palmer’s father, Deacon – “an older edition of Arnold” – at a Ryder Cup dinner; and he and Gary Player saw each other as fellow Scots.
Player, who had a Scottish grandmother, would often greet him with the line, “I love Scots!” and Laidlaw delighted in hearing as much until there came a day in Italy when the so-called Black Knight was cheerfully advisi...
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