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Sandy Lyle Biography

Sandy Lyle
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Sandy Lyle

Sandy Lyle Biography

Alexander Walter Barr Lyle MBE (otherwise known as Sandy) was born in Shrewsbury, England on 9th February 1958. Despite being born in the England Lyle is a Scottish golfer and during his professional career he represented Scotland. He was introduced to golf by his father who was the resident professional at Hawkstone Park golf course. He began playing golf with miniature clubs at the tender age of 3. As an amateur Lyle won the Brabazon Trophy in 1975 and 1977. He was a member of the Walker Cup team. He turned professional in 1977.

Lyle won his first European Tour tournament in 1979 at the B.A./ Avis Open. This was followed by nine more wins on the European Tour before his first major in 1985 at The Open Championship which was played at Royal St George's Golf Club. He was the first British winner since Tony Jacklin in 1969, and continued the rise of European golfers in the world scene. Lyle was a member of the European Ryder Cup team that was victorious at the Belfry in the autumn of 1985.

He spent 167 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings from their debut in 1986 to 1989.

For many golf fans he is best known for the bunker shot at the 18th hole in the final round of the Masters in 1988 when he became the first Briton to wear the green jacket. He also won the World Match Play Championship in 1988 after being a losing finalist on several occasions.

Lyle topped the European Tour's order of merit in 1979, 1980 and 1985. He finished in the top ten nine times between 1979 and 1992. He was also a member of the PGA Tour for several years and finished seventh on the money list in 1988. In 1989 Lyle's form fell away, and apart from a good year in Europe in 1992, he has not been a regular contender since then. His prime thus ended in his early thirties, which is unusually young for a professional golfer.

In 2008, Lyle played on the Champions Tour and the European Seniors Tour.

In July 2009, Lyle got into a very public row with Colin Montgomerie where he unfavourably compared Montgomerie's actions at the Indonesian Open four years previously with his own actions in not completing a round at the 2008 Open Championship. Lyle apologized to Montgomerie at a news conference for bringing up a 4-year-old incident in which he was accused of cheating at the 2005 Indonesian Open.

The two Scots were rivals for the captaincy of Europe's Ryder Cup team for next year's match at Celtic Manor in Wales, with the role going to Montgomerie.

Sandy Lyle Profile & Tournament Results

Dates Tournament Position Prize Money Overall Score
29/09/2011 - 02/10/2011 Dunhill Links Championship 64 $7,940.01 -4
14/07/2011 - 17/07/2011 The Open Championship $0.00 0
07/07/2011 - 10/07/2011 Barclays Scottish Open $0.00 0
07/04/2011 - 10/04/2011 The Masters $0.00 0
15/07/2010 - 18/07/2010 The Open Championship $0.00 0
08/04/2010 - 11/04/2010 The Masters $0.00 0
11/02/2010 - 14/02/2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am $0.00 0
16/07/2009 - 19/07/2009 The Open Championship $0.00 0
09/07/2009 - 12/07/2009 Barclays Scottish Open $0.00 0
09/04/2009 - 12/04/2009 The Masters 20 $71,400.00 -2
17/07/2008 - 20/07/2008 The Open Championship $0.00 0
10/04/2008 - 13/04/2008 The Masters 45 $24,750.00 14
13/03/2008 - 16/03/2008 Ballantines Championship $0.00 0

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