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Sandy Lyle

  • Birthplace: Shrewsbury, England
  • Residence: Balquhidder, Scotland
  • Birthdate: 2/9/1958
  • Age: 50 Ht.:6'-0"
  • Turned Pro: 1977

Player Notes

As one of Ian Woosnam's assistant captains for The 2006 Ryder Cup, made a return to the Ryder Cup fold for the first time since 1987. One of Europe big five during the 1980s along with Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Woosnam who took the golfing world by storm. Became the first Briton to win The Open Championship since Tony Jacklin in 1969 when he lifted the Claret Jug in 1985 at Royal St George's. Three years later became the first Briton to win the Masters Tournament when he triumphed at Augusta National in 1988, famously hitting a stunning seven iron from the bunker on the last to set up a winning birdie. A teenage prodigy, who made his international amateur debut at 14, he was a prolific winner before turning professional in 1977. Went on to win 18 European Tour events. Taught by his late father, Alex, long-time professional at Hawkstone Park. . .Was the 1978 European Tour Rookie of the Year. . .Led the European Order of Merit 1979, '80 and '85. . .Winner 1985 British Open and 27 international events. . .Member of 1977 British Walker Cup Team and 5 European Ryder Cup Teams (1979, '81, '83, '85 and '87). . .Winner of the 1987 Players Championship in a playoff over Jeff Sluman. . .Winner of the 1988 Masters by one over Mark Calcavecchia with a birdie on the final hole.

Career Victories

European Tour
European Tour Playoff Record: 3-3 18 - 1979 Jersey Open, Scandinavian Enterprise Open, European Open, 1980 Coral Classic, 1981 French Open, Lawrence Batley International, 1982 Lawrence Batley International, 1983 Madrid Open, 1984 Italian Open, Lancome Trophy, 1985 British Open, Benson & Hedges International, 1987 German Masters, 1988 Dunhill British Masters, Suntory World Match Play Championship, 1991 BMW International Open, 1992 Italian Open, Volvo Masters.

PGA Tour
PGA Tour Playoff Record: 3-1 6 - 1985 British Open, 1986 Greater Greensboro Open, 1987 Tournament Players Championship, 1988 Phoenix Open, Kmart Greater Greensboro Open, Masters.

Other
1978 Nigerian Open, 1979 Scottish Professional Championship, 1980 World Cup (indiv.), 1984 Kapalua International, Casio World Open (Jap), 1988 Sentry World Match Play Championship.

Career Summary

1990 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.82; money - $51,280 (ranked 175th); best finish, T10 Phoenix Open. 1990 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 9; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.88 (ranked 14th); money - $£66,552 (ranked 59th); best finish, 4th Murphy's Cup. 1991 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - - 71.35 (ranked 15th); money - $£185,511 (ranked 22nd); won BMW International. 1991 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $59,794 (ranked 166th); best finish, T12th Phoenix Open. 1992 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - - 70.32 (ranked 7th); money - $£333,142 (ranked 8th). 1992 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 9; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $73,459 (ranked 154th); best finish, 6th Los Angeles Open. 1993 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.58 (ranked 31st); money - £79,225 (ranked 67th); best finish, T8th Bell's Scottish Open. 1993 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $86,121 (ranked 153rd); best finish, 5th Doral Ryder Open. 1994 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.58 (ranked 34th); money - £93,695 (ranked 61st); best finish, 9th Volvo PGA Championship. 1994 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $47,538 (ranked 191st); best finish, T9th, Honda Classic. 1995 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.42 (ranked 14th); money - £146,170 (ranked 31st); best finish, T4th, Peugeot Open de France. 1995 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.05; money - $22,908 (ranked 235th); best finish, T32nd, Freeport-McMoRan. 1996 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.73; money - £41,244 (ranked 128th); best finish, T11th, Scottish Open. 1996 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.47; money - $94,490 (ranked 168th); best finish, T10th, Phoenix Open. 1997 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 0; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.60; money - £4,120 ; best finish, T45th at French Open. 1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 9; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.46 (ranked 185th); money - $71,860 (ranked 183rd); best finish, T18th at Buick Invitational. 1997 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.28; money - £32,195; best finish, T18th, British Open. 1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 9; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $176,354 (ranked 146th); best finish, T7th Bell Canadian Open. 1999 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.06; money - (Euro)26,194 or £18,710; best finish, T26th, Volvo PGA Championship 1999 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $113,004 (ranked 190th); best finish, T13th, Touchstone Energy Tucson Open. 2000 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.62; money - (Euro)31,019 or £18,448; best finish, T32nd Johnnie Walker Classic. 2000 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; rounds played - 46; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $198,990; (ranked 164th); best finish - 7th at the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic 2000 Stats: scoring average - 72.13 / (N/A); Driving Distance - 277.3 / (N/A); Driving Accuracy - 57.6% / (N/A); GIR - 56.8% / (N/A); Putting - 1.771 / (N/A); Birdie Average - 3.26 per rd / (N/A) / Total Birdies - 150; Sand Saves - 49.3% / (N/A); Scrambling - 57.3% / (N/A); All-Around; rank - - / (N/A). 2001 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 9; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.51; money - (Euro)77,895 or £48,432 (ranked 152nd); best finish, T23rd BMW International Open. 2001 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; rounds played - 15; in money - 1; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $11,551; (ranked 238th); best finish - T-69th at the British Open. 2002 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.60 (ranked T71st); money - (Euro)407,599 or £259,890 (ranked 57th); best finish, T3rd Dunhill Links Championship. 2002 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 9; rounds played - 23 ; in money - 2; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $29,032; (ranked 221st; best finish - T-40 at the Bay Hill Invitational). 2003 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.63 (ranked T155th); money - (Euro)114,732 or £79,732 (ranked 145th); best finish, T18th, The Diageo Championship at Gleneagles. 2003 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; missed cut in all of them. 2004 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.03 (ranked 169th); money - (Euro)165,274 or £114,291 (ranked 108th); best finish, T11th, Nissan Irish Open. 2004 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 2; missed cut in Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and AT&T Pebble Beach. 2005 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.27 (ranked 195th); money - (Euro)92,317 or £62,397 (ranked 148th); best finish, T26th, Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. 2005 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 4; rounds played - 13; in money - 1; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $46,433.30; (ranked 273 - unofficial); best finish - T-32 at the British Open. 2006 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 74.03 (ranked 206th); money - (Euro)30,382 or £20,353 (ranked 204th); best finish, T56th, Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. 2006 PGA Tour Summary: Played in three events missing the cut in all of them. 2007 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 74.64 (ranked 225th); money - (Euro)76,811 or £53,881 (ranked 198th); best finish, T21st Irish Open. 2007 PGA Tour Summary: Played twice, 43rd at the Masters and T65th at the British Open.

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