'I'll let you go now' - European Tour bids farewell to legendary starter Robson


Henrik Stenson led the tributes to legendary European Tour starter Ivor Robson, who retired from his role after more than 40 years.

Robson's Scottish tones have become synomous among golf fans, particularly for his "On the tee" and "I'll let you go now" expressions.

The 74-year-old began his career at The Open in 1975, and the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Seve Ballasteros have all been sent on their way to winning the Claret Jug by Robson.

However, Robson brought the curtain down on his career at the DP World Tour Championships on Sunday, going out with the words "On the tee from England, Andy Sullivan".

"Ivor, 41 years, magnificent," Stenson said at a presentation celebrating Robson's career. "From all the players and the few here who have made it back here on time, thank you for a long, long time of loyal service and we hope to see you outside the ropes sometime."

Robson added: "It has been a wonderful career. It's been a great honour to have been allowed to be the official starter for The European Tour.

"To the professionals, it has been great fun being here with you. We have had lots of banter and it has been wonderful. You are a credit to the professional game gentlemen. And to the spectators, thank you for your wonderful support over the years. Thank you."