After a hiatus of three years since our 2019 event at Carnoustie, we are thrilled to relaunch our Celebrity Golf Classic which will take place for the second time at the incredible Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
Royal Birkdale has hosted the Open Championship on no less than ten occasions, most recently in 2017, when Jordan Spieth carried all before him to land his third Major following his Masters and US Open triumphs in 2015. This is your chance to tread the same fairways and greens as the legends and play one of the world’s finest courses.
Our very special guests for the day are two cracking characters and colleagues on Talksport, Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil, both of whom will fancy their chances out on the course! With a Gala dinner at The Bliss Hotel to follow an afternoon of world class golfing, this is an event not to be missed by golf fans.
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Located near Southport, Merseyside, Royal Birkdale is one of England’s finest and most revered courses. Between 1954 and 2017 the course has hosted the Open Championship on ten occasions, winners include the likes of Padraig Harrington, Mark O’Meara, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer. The most recent edition was won by Jordan Spieth, with the tournament also featuring a quite remarkable round by his compatriot Brandon Grace, who recorded the first 62 in major championship history in the third round. The brilliant American Spieth finished with a 12 under par total of 268, shooting 65-69-65-69 across the week and leading from pillar to post to win his first Open!
One of the most prolific British strikers of all-time, Ally scored over 400 goals during a career spanning over two decades and almost 800 appearances in all club and international formats. A bona fide Rangers legend, he was part of the dominant team at Ibrox which brought home the Scottish Premier League title in 10 out of 11 seasons from 1986-1997, also winning the Scottish League Cup nine time during his 15 years at the club. He represented Scotland on 61 occasions, scoring 19 times, making him his country’s fifth highest goal-scorer in history, featuring in the 1990 World Cup and Euro ’92 and ’96. Between 1996 and 2007, he was a team captain in the BBC sports quiz A Question of Sport, before becoming assistant to Walter Smith at Rangers. He succeeded Smith in 2011, before guiding the club though its darkest period following liquidation and demotion, taking the club back from the fourth to the second tier with successive promotions. Ally is now a Talksport regular on the morning show with Alan Brazil.
A former Scottish International, Alan Brazil made 13 appearances up front for Scotland, making his name at club level with Ipswich Town. During his time with Ipswich he scored 80 goals in 210 appearances, being part of the 1980-81 UEFA Cup winning Ipswich. Brazil’s footballing exploits then took him to some of the biggest names within England football, including stints with Tottenham Hotspur (where he again won the UEFA cup in the 1983-84 season) and Manchester United. The height of his International playing career was during selection for the 1982 World Cup finals held in Spain, where he was the youngest member of the squad. After retirement from competitive football, Brazil undertook a role with Sky Sports as a co-commentator, as well as a regular pundit on Soccer Saturday as well as joining talkSPORT in 2001. He has become something of a legend at Talksport, his forthright style and great sense of humour being the perfect match for the station’s millions of listeners!
A passionate Newcastle United fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for sport and knowledge of the game are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our events, and we are delighted to have him as always!