Bruce Critchley

Bruce Fishwick Critchley (born 9 December 1942)[1] is a UK TV broadcaster and commentator who worked for the BBC in the 1980s and since the early 1990s has been a member of Sky Sports golf broadcasting team.[2]

Critchley was the son of Air Commodore Alfred Critchley and his third wife, Diana Fishwick.[3] His father was a useful amateur golfer and had won the Addington Foursomes in 1939 partnered by Dai Rees. His mother had won the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in 1930 and had played in the Curtis Cup in 1932 and 1934 and was non-playing captain in 1950.

Critchley was never a professional golfer unlike many of his colleagues but he first played for England as an amateur at the age of nineteen in 1962. Seven years later he was picked to play for Great Britain & Ireland against America in the Walker Cup. That same year, 1969, he was a member of the England team that won the European Team Championship. He was runner-up in the 1970 Golf Illustrated Gold Vase, finishing a stroke behind the winner.[4]

In 2012 he was publicly criticised by Ian Poulter when Critchley voiced the opinion that 'Poulter, who has his own clothing company, was maybe not focusing on his golf as much as he could.' [5]

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  1. "Births". The Times. 11 December 1942. p. 1.
  2. "Bruce Critchley reflects".
  3. "Christening". The Times. 13 May 1943. p. 7.
  4. "Costly slip by Critchley". The Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1970. p. 5.
  5. "Poulter lets rip at Critchley after commentator has a dig following Accenture Match Play exit".
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