Sandy LYLE



Date of Birth - 9 February 1958

Place of Birth - Shrewsbury, England

Turned Pro - 1977

European Tour Profile - Sandy Lyle


Alexander Walter Barr "Sandy" Lyle, MBE has won two major

 championships during his career. Along with Nick Faldo and Ian

 Woosnam, he became one of Britain's top golfers during the 1980s. He

 spent 167 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings from

 their debut in 1986 to 1989.

Lyle was born in Shrewsbury, England and now lives in Scotland. He

 Represented  Scotland during his professional career. He was introduced

  to golf by his  father, Alex, who had taken the family from Scotland to

 England in 1955  when he became resident professional at Hawkstone

 Park golf course.

 Their family home was just 40 yards from the pro-shop and 18th green. He

 began playing with miniature clubs at the age of 3. At schoolboy, junior

 and amateur level Lyle represented Scotland. As an amateur Lyle made

 his debut in The Open Championship at age 16 in 1974, and won the

 Brabazon Trophy in 1975 and 1977. He was a member of the Walker Cup

 team for both 1975 and 1977.

In 1977 he turned professional and made the decision to represent

 Scotland. He won the 1977 Qualifying School tournament for the

 European Tour. His first professional win came in the 1978 Nigerian Open,

 and he also won the Sir Henry Cotton Award as European Rookie of the

 Year that season. Lyle attained the first of an eventual 18 European Tour

 titles in 1979.

Lyle partnered with Sam Torrance for Scotland to finish runner-up at the

 World Cup of Golf team event in both 1979 and 1980; in the latter year

 Lyle captured the low individual trophy in that event.

Lyle showed his quality by winning The Open Championship at Sandwich

 in 1985. 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 five European Ryder Cup teams, from 1979 to

 1987 inclusive. Highlights from those years included the team that was

 victorious at the Belfry in the autumn of 1985, and the 1987 team which

 won for the first time ever on American soil, at Muirfield Village.

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 two other events on the PGA Tour

 that season, along with the World Match Play Championship, 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

 US money list in 1988, despite a limited playing schedule. He won the

 1987 Tournament Players Championship, one of the most prestigious

 American titles. Lyle's form dropped after 1992, when he was 34, and he

 has not won a significant event since.

As a player, Lyle is known for his cool temperament and placid exterior. In

 his peak years, he was very long from the tee and through the set, and

 had enough accuracy to master any course. His achievements inspired

 fellow rivals such as Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam to raise their games,

 and go on to win the majors. Lyle published his first book, "To the Fairway

 Born" in 2006. In the same year he was assistant captain to Ian Woosnam

 when Europe won the Ryder Cup.

On turning 50 in 2008, Lyle played on the Champions Tour and the

 European Seniors Tour.

Lyle won his first tournament in 19 years when he captured his first

 European Seniors Tour title at the 2011 ISPS Handa Senior World

 Championship, held in China.


ACHIEVEMENTS


Ryder Cup  1979. 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987


    1975 Brabazon Trophy

1975 English Boys Amateur Stroke-Play Championship (Carris Trophy)

    1977 Brabazon Trophy

1977  British Youths Open Amateur Championship

1978 Nigerian Open

1979  B.A./Avis Open

1979  Scandinavian Enterprise Open

1979  European Open Championship

1979 Scottish Professional Championship

1980  Coral Welsh Classic

1981  Paco Rabanne Open de France

1981  Lawrence Batley International

1982  Lawrence Batley International

1983  Cepsa Madrid Open

1984  Italian Open

1984  Lancome Trophy

1984 Kapalua International

1985  The Open Championship

1985  Benson & Hedges International Open

1985 Casio World Open

1986  Greater Greensboro Open

1987  German Masters

1987  Tournament Players Championship

1988  Masters Tournament

1988  Dunhill British Masters

1988  Phoenix Open

1988  KMart Greater Greensboro Open

1988 Suntory World Match Play Championship

1991  BMW International Open

1992  Lancia Martini Italian Open

1992  Volvo Masters

    2011 ISPS Handa Senior World Championship


Golf bag used by Sandy Lyle during the 1985 Ryder Cup

Bridgestone golf bag used by Sandy Lyle

Glove worn and signed by Sandy Lyle

Glove worn and signed by Sandy Lyle

Ball played and signed by Sandy Lyle

Personal logo golf ball of Sandy Lyle

Sandy Lyle’s caddie’s bib from the Whyte & MacKay Championship

Shoes worn and signed by Sandy Lyle

Shirt worn and signed by Sandy Lyle during the 1988 Test match between

 the United Kingdom and Australia. Played at Port Douglas in Australia

Signed Personal Tour hat issued to Sandy Lyle

Tees made for Sandy Lyle at the 1983 Ryder Cup

Signed European Tour personal Bag Tag issued to Sandy Lyle

Signed Senior British Open tie presented to Sandy Lyle

Sandy Lyle’s autobiography ‘To The Fairway Born’ (signed)

Official Ticket for the 1988 Masters won by Sandy Lyle

Augusta National Scorecard signed by Sandy Lyle

Official Royal Birkdale Strokesaver signed by Sandy Lyle

Hawkestone Park Wine Bottle commemorating Sandy Lyle’s Masters victory (signed)

1991 US PGA Championship Contestant clip made for Sandy LYLE

Lyle & Scott Advertising prototype figurine of Sandy Lyle

Official Ticket for the 1987 Tournament Players Championship

 won by Sandy Lyle

Sandy Lyle’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic

Marked and signed by Des Smyth and Don Fisher

Sandy Lyle’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic

Marked and signed by Des Smyth and Terry Wogan

Sandy Lyle’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic

Marked and signed by Manuel Ballesteros and Telly Savalas

Sandy Lyle’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic

Marked and signed by Manuel Ballesteros and Telly Savalas

Sandy Lyle’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1997 Mastercard Colonial

Marked and signed by Joey Sindelar

Sandy Lyle’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1998 Legg Mason Classic

Sandy Lyle’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 1998 Legg Mason Classic

Marked and signed by Gene Fieger

‘Learning Golf: The Lyle Way’ written by Sandy Lyle

‘Sandy Lyle takes you round the Championship Courses of Scotland’

 written by Sandy Lyle

‘Life with Lyle - His Caddie’s Diary’ written by David Musgrove (signed)

Official video of the 1988 Masters won by Sandy Lyle

Official Postage Stamp from Turkmenistan featuring Sandy Lyle

Sandy Lyle Masters Champions card

Sandy Lyle Fax Pax card

Sandy Lyle Fax Pax card

Sandy Lyle Pro Set card