Sandy Lyle

Sandy Lyle
MBE
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Personal information
Full nameAlexander Walter Barr Lyle
Born (1958-02-09) 9 February 1958 (age 60)
Shrewsbury, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality Scotland
ResidenceBalquhidder, Perthshire
SpouseChristine (1981–87)
Jolande (m.1989)
ChildrenStuart, James, Alexandra Lonneke, Quintin
Career
Turned professional1977
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
Champions Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins32
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour6
European Tour18
Japan Golf Tour1
European Senior Tour1
Other6
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters TournamentWon: 1988
U.S. OpenT16: 1991
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1985
PGA ChampionshipT16: 1991
Achievements and awards
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Member of the Order
of the British Empire
1987
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1979, 1980, 1985
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1978

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.[1] Lyle was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2012.[2]

Early life

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.

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