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Golf greats attend 60th anniversary Ryder Cup gala dinner at Wentworth

PUBLISHED: 16:45 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:45 22 October 2013

Tony Jacklin, Sir Michael Parkinson, Peter Alliss, Bernard Gallacher and George O’Grady

Tony Jacklin, Sir Michael Parkinson, Peter Alliss, Bernard Gallacher and George O'Grady

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Almost 60 years to the day that Peter Alliss made his Ryder Cup debut at Wentworth, the voice of golf returned as one of the guests of honour at a gala dinner alongside fellow golfing greats Tony Jacklin and Bernard Gallacher

Held to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the Ryder Cup, the sumptuous dinner was the finale of a day of themed golf out on the iconic West Course, where the US team proved victorious.

In the elegant surroundings of Wentworth Club’s main ballroom, members and guests enjoyed a recreation of the menu that was served at the 1953 Ryder Cup gala dinner.

The undoubted highlight of the evening was an entertaining question and answer session hosted by Wentworth Club member Sir Michael Parkinson, which gave Peter Alliss, Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher and European Tour chief executive George O’Grady an opportunity to share some of their Ryder Cup stories.

The evening was brought to an end in rather touching fashion as Sir Michael read out a letter to Peter Alliss from golfing legend Jack Burke Jnr, the only surviving member of the 1953 US team. “If I get there [to heaven] before you,” wrote Burke. “I’ll have the gates left open and you can have that game with Ben Hogan.”

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