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Colin Montgomerie has led the tributes to Scottish golf writer Jock MacVicar who has passed away at the age of 83.

The long-serving Scottish Daily Express golf correspondent died peacefully in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Saturday after being admitted following a fall at home earlier this week.

MacVicar, affectionately referred to as ‘The Doyen’ by his media centre colleagues, reported on the game for almost 60 years. He covered his first Open in 1962 and was present at virtually every championship since.

He also had a front-row seat for many of the biggest moments in golf over the past half-century, having covered several editions of the Masters, US PGA Championships and a host of Ryder Cups.

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His death has prompted an outpouring of tributes on social media, led by Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie.

He wrote: “Very sad to hear Jock MacVicar has died. I first met Jock when playing in the 1979 Scottish Boys Championship at Dunbar. He was always very supportive and knowledgeable. We spoke a few months ago. Speaking to Jock was like talking to an old friend. He will be very sadly missed.”

Many other players paid their own tributes. Here’s a selection…


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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