Alexander Walter Barr "Sandy" Lyle MBE (born 9 February 1958) is a Scottish professional golfer. Lyle 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 Ranking from its introduction, in 1986, until 1989. Lyle was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2012.
|Full name||Alexander Walter Barr Lyle|
|Born||9 February 1958|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Children||Stuart, James, Alexandra Lonneke, Quintin|
|Current tour(s)||European Senior Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||1|
|European Senior Tour||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1988|
|U.S. Open||T16: 1991|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1985|
|PGA Championship||T16: 1991|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2012 (member page)|
|Member of the Order|
of the British Empire
Order of Merit winner
|1979, 1980, 1985|
|Sir Henry Cotton|
Rookie of the Year
Lyle was born in Shrewsbury, England and now lives in Scotland with his wife Jolande and children Lonneke and Quintin. 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 England. 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 in 1977.
In 1977 he turned professional and decided to represent Scotland. He was medalist at 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.
Wins major championships, Ryder Cup successEdit
Lyle showed his quality by winning The Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club 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. He had been hoping to be picked as the captain for the 2010 European Ryder Cup team but missed out to Colin Montgomerie.
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. Reaction to this was mixed with some players supporting Lyle while other players and commentators felt that Lyle's timing was unfortunate and that any point he may have had was lost in the ensuing controversy.
Lyle won his first tournament in 19 years when he captured his first European Senior Tour title at the 2011 ISPS Handa Senior World Championship, held in China.
He took up hickory golf, winning the World Hickory Open in his native Scotland in 2014 and 2016. Lyle referred to the 2016 victory as his "fourth major" to go along with the 2014 crown, as well as the 1988 Masters and 1985 Open titles. 
Professional wins (32)Edit
European Tour wins (18)Edit
|Major championships (2)|
|Other European Tour (16)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||3 Jun 1979||B.A./Avis Open||−13 (66-71-66-68=271)||3 strokes||Howard Clark|
|2||8 Jul 1979||Scandinavian Enterprise Open||−12 (73-69-65-69=276)||3 strokes||Seve Ballesteros|
|3||9 Sep 1979||European Open Championship||−9 (71-67-72-65=275)||7 strokes||Dale Hayes, Peter Townsend|
|4||29 Jun 1980||Coral Welsh Classic||−11 (72-69-67-69=277)||5 strokes||Martin Foster|
|5||10 May 1981||Paco Rabanne Open de France||−14 (70-66-67-67=270)||4 strokes||Bernhard Langer|
|6||7 Jun 1981||Lawrence Batley International||−4 (70-70-69-71=280)||2 strokes||Nick Faldo|
|7||25 Jul 1982||Lawrence Batley International||−15 (70-66-67-66=269)||2 strokes||Manuel Piñero|
|8||24 Apr 1983||Cepsa Madrid Open||−3 (70-69-76-70=285)||2 strokes||Gordon J Brand|
|9||6 May 1984||Italian Open||−11 (71-70-68-68=277)||4 strokes||Bobby Clampett|
|10||7 Oct 1984||Lancome Trophy||−10 (74-70-67-67=278)||Playoff||Seve Ballesteros|
|11||21 Jul 1985||The Open Championship||+2 (68-71-73-70=282)||1 stroke||Payne Stewart|
|12||18 Aug 1985||Benson & Hedges International Open||−14 (70-69-71-64=274)||1 stroke||Ian Woosnam|
|13||11 Oct 1987||German Masters||−10 (73-69-70-66=278)||Playoff||Bernhard Langer|
|14||10 Apr 1988||Masters Tournament||−7 (71-67-72-71=281)||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia|
|15||5 Jun 1988||Dunhill British Masters||−15 (66-68-68-71=273)||2 strokes||Nick Faldo, Mark McNulty|
|16||13 Oct 1991||BMW International Open||−20 (65-65-71-67=268)||3 strokes||Tony Johnstone|
|17||3 May 1992||Lancia Martini Italian Open||−18 (66-71-65-68=270)||1 stroke||Colin Montgomerie|
|18||1 Nov 1992||Volvo Masters||+3 (72-70-72-73=287)||Playoff||Colin Montgomerie|
European Tour playoff record (3–3)
|1||1983||Ebel Swiss Open-European Masters||Nick Faldo||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|2||1984||Lancome Trophy||Seve Ballesteros||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1985||Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship||Paul Way||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|4||1985||Glasgow Open||Howard Clark||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|5||1987||German Masters||Bernhard Langer||Won with par on second extra hole|
|6||1992||Volvo Masters||Colin Montgomerie||Won with par on first extra hole|
PGA Tour wins (6)Edit
|Major championships (2)|
|Players Championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (3)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||21 Jul 1985||The Open Championship||+2 (68-71-73-70=282)||1 stroke||Payne Stewart|
|2||6 Apr 1986||Greater Greensboro Open||−13 (68-64-73-70=275)||2 strokes||Andy Bean|
|3||29 Mar 1987||Tournament Players Championship||−14 (67-71-66-70=274)||Playoff||Jeff Sluman|
|4||31 Jan 1988||Phoenix Open||−15 (68-68-68-65=269)||Playoff||Fred Couples|
|5||3 Apr 1988||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||−17 (68-63-68-72=271)||Playoff||Ken Green|
|6||10 Apr 1988||Masters Tournament||−7 (71-67-72-71=281)||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–1)
|1||1987||Tournament Players Championship||Jeff Sluman||Won with par on third extra hole|
|2||1988||Phoenix Open||Fred Couples||Won with bogey on third extra hole|
|3||1988||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||Ken Green||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1989||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||Paul Azinger, Steve Jones||Jones won with birdie on first extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (1)Edit
- 1984 Casio World Open
Other wins (8)Edit
- 1978 Nigerian Open
- 1979 Scottish Professional Championship
- 1980 World Cup of Golf Individual Trophy
- 1984 Kapalua International
- 1985 Nissan Cup Individual Trophy
- 1988 Suntory World Match Play Championship
- 2014 World Hickory Open
- 2016 World Hickory Open
European Senior Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||13 Mar 2011||ISPS Handa Senior World Championship||−12 (68-66-70=204)||3 strokes||Peter Fowler|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1985||The Open Championship||3 shot deficit||+2 (68-71-73-70=282)||1 stroke||Payne Stewart|
|1988||Masters Tournament||2 shot lead||−7 (71-67-72-71=281)||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T19|
|The Open Championship||T12||T14||T8||CUT||T14||1||T30||T17||T7||T46|
|The Open Championship||T16||WD||T12||CUT||74||T79||T56||CUT||T19||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T69||T75||CUT||73||T32||CUT||T65||WD||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||84||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half way cut (3rd round cut in 1974 and 1983 Open Championships)
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||1||0||0||1||3||11||43||22|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1984 Open Championship – 1988 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)
- Walker Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1977
- Commonwealth Tournament (representing Great Britain): 1975
- St Andrews Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1976 (winners)
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners)
- World Cup (representing Scotland): 1979, 1980 (individual winner), 1987
- Hennessy Cognac Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1980 (winners), 1982 (winners), (representing Scotland) 1984 (individual winner)
- Dunhill Cup (representing Scotland): 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992
- Nissan Cup/Kirin Cup (representing Europe): 1985 (individual winner), 1986, 1987
- UBS Cup (representing the Rest of the World): 2004
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- "Lyle downcast over Cup decision". BBC News. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- Donegan, Lawrence (12 July 2009). "Sandy Lyle accuses Colin Montgomerie of a 'form of cheating'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- "Lyle's Montgomerie outburst condemned". Channel 4. 23 May 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- "PGA Tour profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
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- "Sandy Lyle Adds to 'Major' Titles with Another World Hickory Open Victory". Society of Hickory Golfers. Retrieved 7 October 2018.