Hazel Irvine steps down as lead BBC golf presenter

Irvine leaves her lead anchor golf role, and will be replaced by fellow Scot. 

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017

Hazel Irvine will front BBC's coverage of the Masters for the last ever time next week.

Irvine, 51, has held the lead anchor role of golf since 2009 and has been a key figure in BBC Sport presentation for nearly 30 years. 

The Scot will continue to work for BBC Sport, remaining in her lead anchor role of snooker and other major sporting events across the BBC.

Eilidh Barbour will become the golf presenter on BBC Sport 

Eilidh Barbour will take over as the BBC's golf TV presenter, starting with the BMW PGA Championship in May.

On her decision to leave BBC's golf coverage Hazel said: "I was pleased to be offered another long-term contract with BBC Sport to continue presenting snooker, golf and major events.

"However, after much thought, I have decided that in what is my 30th year in broadcast sport, I want to realign my on-air commitments around the changing needs of my family.

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"I have loved working with my brilliant friends and colleagues on the BBC golf team and look forward to being in Augusta to see Danny Willett defend his title and to savouring the unique atmosphere of the Masters one more time.

"I am delighted that a fellow Scot, Eilidh Barbour, will be given this chance. I'm sure that she will enjoy it as much as I have."