Percy Alliss

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Percy Alliss
Personal information
Born(1897-01-08)8 January 1897
Sheffield, England
Died31 March 1975(1975-03-31) (aged 78)
Bournemouth, England
Sporting nationality England
Professional wins25
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenT46: 1931
The Open ChampionshipT3: 1931

Percy Alliss (8 January 1897 – 31 March 1975[1][2]) was one of the leading English professional golfers in the 1920s and 1930s, winning many tournaments in Britain and Continental Europe. He was also the father of commentator and former golfer Peter Alliss.


Alliss was born in Sheffield. He became an assistant professional at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in South Wales in 1919, and his first notable professional wins came in September 1920 when he won the Assistant Professionals Tournament and the Welsh Professional Championship in successive weeks.

Alliss was professional at Clyne Golf Club from 1921 to 1923, at Wanstead Golf Club from 1923 to 1925, Wannsee Golf Club, Berlin from 1926 to 1931, Beaconsfield Golf Club from 1932[3] to 1936 and Temple Newsam Golf Club from 1936 to 1938. He then became the professional at Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset in early 1939,[4] where he stayed until his retirement in 1967.[5]

Alliss finished in the top six at The Open Championship in 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932 and 1936.[6] He played in the Ryder Cup in 1929, 1933, 1935 and 1937. He was not eligible in 1931 as he was employed in Germany at that time and the Ryder Cup rules had changed to require British players to be living in Great Britain. His son Peter was also a professional golfer, golf writer and broadcaster, and played in the Ryder Cup eight times. The Allisses were the first father and son pair to play in the Ryder Cup, and so far Antonio and Ignacio Garrido are the only other.

In 1935, Alliss shot a 262 aggregate on his way to winning the Italian Open. The total established the lowest 72-hole total ever.[7]

Alliss had limited play in North America, but did finished regulation tied for the lead at the 1931 Canadian Open. He ultimately lost an 18-hole playoff to Walter Hagen.

Personal life[edit]

Alliss was the father of golfer and broadcaster Peter Alliss.

Alliss died in Bournemouth at the age of 78.

Tournament wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Source: [8]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T39 10 T33 T6 T10 T4 T4
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
U.S. Open T46
The Open Championship T17 T3 T4 T9 T16 T5 T15 T9
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT 17 CUT CUT

Note: Alliss only played in The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = No tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Mr Percy Alliss". The Times. No. 59358. 1 April 1975. p. 14.
  2. ^ "Golfer Dies". The Bryan Times. Bryan, Ohio. UPI. 1 April 1975. p. 10.
  3. ^ "Golf – New appointment for P Alliss". The Times. 1 March 1932. p. 7.
  4. ^ "Golf – P Alliss's appointment". The Times. 7 December 1938. p. 5.
  5. ^ Scott, Tom (2 February 1967). "A Tribute to Percy Alliss". Golf Illustrated. Archived from the original on 16 March 2005.
  6. ^ "Hoylake – 1936 Results". The Open. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  7. ^ "The Baltimore Sun 27 May 1940, page 13". Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  8. ^ Huggins, Percy, ed. (1973). The Golfer's Handbook. p. 358.