Who's who in golf - Sandy Lyle

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Name: - Alexander Walter Barr "Sandy" Lyle
Country: - Scotland
Born : - February 9, 1958 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
Original Home/Club: - Hawkestone Park GC, Shropshire.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1977

Roll of Honour

Majors (2). Walker Cup player (1977). Ryder Cup player (1979, '81, '83, '85, '87). Total professional wins (29), of which European Tr (18) and US PGA Tr (6). European Tr Rookie of the Year (1978) and Order of Merit winner (1979, '80, '85). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2012). Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (1987).

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An Englishman (Faldo), a Scotsman (Lyle) and a Welshman (Woosnam) were the top British golfers during the 1980s. Lyle took-up the game courtesy of his father, who moved the family from Scotland to England in 1955 to take up the post of golf professional at Hawkstone Park Golf Club, Shropshire.

Top tournaments won by Sandy Lyle

2011Snr AsiaSenior World Ch'shipMission Hills, Shenzhen204 (-12)€37,484
Played as the inaugural (and only) ISPS Handa Senior World Championship presented by Mission Hills (March 11-13; co-sanctioned with European Snr Tour). Second-placed Peter Fowler (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Lyle (Scot), who recorded his first tournament since the 1992 Volvo Masters. [Jack Nicklaus designed World Cup course, Mission Hills Shenzhen, China].
1992Men EuropeItalian OpenMonticello270 (-18)£61,038
Played as the Lancia Martini Italian Open. Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Lyle (Scot). [Red course, GC Monticello, Cassina Rizzardi, nr Como].
1992Men EuropeVolvo MastersValderrama287 (+3)£110,000
Played as the Volvo Masters (Oct 29-Nov 1; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Lyle (Scot) beat Colin Montgomerie (Scot) with a par at the first playoff hole, to record the last of his 18 European Tour wins. [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
1991Men EuropeBMW Intl. OpenMunich Eichenried268 (-20)£66,660
Played as the BMW International Open (Oct 10-13). Second-placed Tony Johnstone (Zim) finished 3 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
1988Men EuropeBritish MastersWoburn273 (-15)£41,660
Played as the Dunhill British Masters (June 2-5). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) and defending champion Mark McNulty (Zim) finished 2 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
1988Men AmericaPhoenix OpenTPC Scottsdale269 (-15)$117,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 28-31). Lyle (Scot) beat Fred Couples (USA) with a bogey at the third playoff hole. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].
1988Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National281 (-7)$183,800
The Masters Tournament (52nd) (April 7-10). Second-placed Mark Calcavecchia (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lyle (Scot), who recorded back-to-back PGA Tour wins. Scotland's first Masters winner clinched his second major championship title with a birdie-three on the final hole, which involved an approach shot from a fairway bunker. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1988Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club2 & 1£75,000
Played as the Suntory World Match Play Championship (Oct 6-10). Lyle (Scot) beat Nick Faldo (Eng) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1988Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC271 (-17)$180,000
Played as the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open (Mar 31-Apr 3). Lyle (Scot) beat Ken Green (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his second win in this event in three years. [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
1987Men EuropeGerman MastersStuttgarter GC278 (-10)£44,480
Played as the inaugural German Masters (Oct 8-11). Lyle (Scot) beat Bernhard Langer (Ger) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Stuttgarter GC Solitude, Mönsheim, nr Stuttgart].
1987Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass274 (-14)$180,000
Played as the Tournament Players Championship (March 26-29). Lyle (Scot) beat Jeff Sluman (USA) with a par at the third playoff hole. [Stadium course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
1986Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC275 (-13)$90,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 3-6). Second-placed Andy Bean (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lyle (Scot), who recorded his second PGA Tour win, and first on American soil (having previously won the Open Championship, counted as a PGA Tour event). [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
1985Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenFulford274 (-14)£25,000
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (Aug 15-18). Second-placed Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Lyle (Scot). [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
1985Men AmericaNissan Cup (Indiv)Kapalua Resort267 (-21)$50,000
Played as the inaugural Nissan PGA Cup World Championship (individual title) (Nov 7-10; best individual score during the Nissan Cup four tours team event). Second-placed Curtis Strange (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Bay Course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].
1985Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr£162,552see Score
Lyle (Scot) won his third Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1985 Epson Order of Merit winner, with earnings of £162,552 on the Tour. Bernhard Langer (Ger) was second with £115,716; Seve Ballesteros (Esp) was third with £103,041.
1985Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal St George's282 (+2)£65,000
The Open Championship (114th) (July 18-21). Second-placed Payne Stewart (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time major championship winner Lyle (Scot). [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1984Men JapanCasio World OpenIbusuki GC279 (-9)¥13.5million
Played as the Casio World Open (Nov 22-25; Japan Tr event). Lyle (Scot) beat Gary Koch (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 16th), to record his first and only Japan Tour win. Lyle's first prize equated to US$55,100. [Kaimon course, Ibusuki GC, Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan].
1984Men EuropeItalian OpenMilano GC277 (-11)£14,404
Played as the Italian Open. Second-placed Bobby Clampett (USA) finished 4 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Milano GC, Villasanta, Monza, nr Milan].
1984Men AmericaKapalua Intl.Kapalua Resort266 (-18)$125,000
Played as the Kapalua International (Nov 8-11; PGA Tour post-season unofficial money event). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 8 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Bay course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].
1984Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche278 (-10)£22,471
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Lyle (Scot) beat Seve Ballesteros (Esp) at the first playoff hole. [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1983Men EuropeMadrid OpenPuerta de Hierro285 (-3)£9,256
Played as the Cepsa Madrid Open. Second-placed Gordon J. Brand (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].
1982Men EuropeLawrence Batley Intl.Bingley St Ives269 (-15)£13,330
Played as the Lawrence Batley International (July 22-25). Second-placed Manuel Piñero (Esp) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Lyle (Scot). [Bingley St Ives GC, Bingley, W Yorks].
1981Men EuropeFrench OpenSaint Germain270 (-14)£6,258
Played as the Paco Rabanne Open de France. Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 4 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Saint Germain GC, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, nr Paris].
1981Men EuropeLawrence Batley Intl.Bingley St Ives280 (-4)£10,000
Played as the inaugural Lawrence Batley International (June 4-7). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Lyle (Scot) ... the only two players to finish the tournament under par. [Bingley St Ives GC, Bingley, W Yorks].
1980Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr43,346 pts£66,059
Lyle (Scot) won his second straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1980 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Lyle accumulated 43,346 pts; Greg Norman (Aus) was second with 43,068 pts; Seve Ballesteros (Esp) was third with 42,376 pts. Greg Norman (Aus) topped the Tour's 1980 Prize Money List with £74,828; Lyle was second with £66,059; Ballesteros was third with £52,089.
1980Men EuropeWelsh Classic (Coral)Royal Porthcawl277 (-11)£5,830
Played as the Coral Welsh Classic (June 26-29). Second-placed Martin Foster (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Royal Porthcawl GC, Mid Glamorgan, S Wales].
1980Men AmericaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)El Rincon Club282 (-6)
Played as the World Cup of Golf (individual low score) (Dec 11-14). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Sandy Lyle (Scot) who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Dan Halldorson & Jim Nelford (Can). [Club El Rincón, Cajicá, nr Bogota, Colombia].
1979Men EuropeEuropean OpenTurnberry275 (-9)£17,500
Played as the European Open Championship (Sept 6-9). Second-placed Dale Hayes (RSA) and Peter Townsend (Eng) finished 7 shots behind Lyle (Scot). [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1979Men EuropeJersey OpenLa Moye271 (-13)£5,000
Played as the BA/Avis Jersey Open (May 31-Jun 3). Second-placed Howard Clark (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Lyle (Scot), who recorded the first of his 18 European Tour wins. [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
1979Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr72.05n/a
Lyle (Scot) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Neil Coles (Eng) was second with 72.07; Seve Ballesteros (Esp) and Tony Jacklin (Eng) were tied third with 72.24.
1979Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr39,807 pts£49,232
Lyle (Scot) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1979 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Lyle accumulated 39,807 pts; Seve Ballesteros (Esp) was second with 37,026 pts; Mark James (Eng) was third with 32,493 pts. Lyle also topped the Tour's 1979 Prize Money List with £49,232; Ballesteros was second with £47,411; James was third with £38,534.
1979Men EuropeScand Ent'prise OpenVasatorps276 (-12)£5,300
Played as the Scandinavian Enterprise Open (July 5-8). Second-placed and defending champion Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Lyle (Scot), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Vasatorps GK, Helsingborg, Sweden].
1978Men AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Tr3,553 pts£5,233
Sandy Lyle (Scot) won the European Tour 1978 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Lyle finished 49th on the Tour's (points-based) Order of Merit; he won £5,233 in prize money during the season.


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