• Wins
    1
  • Turned Pro
    1977
  • Previous Opens
    43
  • Champion golfer of the year
    1985

Sandy Lyle

Lyle
Sandy Lyle’s victory in The Open at Sandwich in 1985 was greeted with patriotic fervour and sparked a run of eight major titles – four Opens and four Masters – by British golfers in seven years.
Lyle
  • He has made 42 consecutive appearances at The Open

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  • Won the World Hickory Open in 2014 at Panmure in Carnoustie

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  • 32

    Professional wins

Sandy Lyle’s victory in The Open at Sandwich in 1985 was greeted with patriotic fervour and sparked a run of eight major titles – four Opens and four Masters – by British golfers in seven years.

There had not been a home winner of The Open since Tony Jacklin in 1969 at Royal Lytham and Lyle had been sitting in the grandstand at the 18th green that day – he almost caught the ball that Jacklin flung into the crowd.

Lyle was the son of a professional and grew up at Hawkstone Park, in Shropshire, where he made himself into a supreme hitter of long irons. At the 14th hole at Sandwich, with out-of-bounds all the way down the right, it did not concern Lyle that he was short of the Suez Canal in two.

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He got out his 2-iron and found the green, holing the putt for a vital birdie. There was some late drama when Lyle’s chip from Duncan’s Hollow beside the 18th green rolled back to his feet and he sank to his knees in despair. He got down in two more and then had to wait before a one-shot victory over Payne Stewart was confirmed.

Bernhard Langer and David Graham, who could have beaten Lyle, were among those sharing third place. Three years later Lyle became the first British winner of the Masters, launching a 7-iron out of a bunker at the 18th onto the green and holing the putt for a winning birdie, accompanied by a Scottish jig.

A year later he handed the green jacket over to his old rival Nick Faldo. Lyle struggled for consistent form in the 1990s, but he remained a truly loved golfer. Seve Ballesteros once said that if everyone was playing their best, Lyle would win and Seve would come second.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Carnoustie 2018
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 2017
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2016
M/C
85
78
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2015
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2014
M/C
82
84
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 2013
84
76
72
80
79
307
23
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2012
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 2011
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2010
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 2009
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 2008
NR
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Carnoustie 2007
65
73
73
73
79
298
-
Royal Liverpool 2006
M/C
73
73
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2005
32
74
67
69
75
285
-
Royal Troon 2004
73
70
73
81
79
303
-
Royal St George's 2003
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 2002
75
68
76
73
75
292
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2001
69
72
71
77
81
301
-
St Andrews 2000
M/C
71
78
-
-
-
M/C
Carnoustie 1999
M/C
85
81
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 1998
19
71
72
75
72
290
-
Royal Troon 1997
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1996
56
71
69
73
73
286
-
St Andrews 1995
79
71
71
79
75
296
-
Turnberry 1994
74
71
72
72
72
287
-
Royal St George's 1993
M/C
70
76
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1992
12
68
70
70
72
280
-
Royal Birkdale 1991
NR
79
-
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1990
16
72
70
67
72
281
-
Royal Troon 1989
46
73
73
71
72
289
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1988
7
73
69
67
74
283
-
Muirfield 1987
17
76
69
71
70
286
-
Turnberry 1986
30
78
73
70
74
295
-
Royal St George's 1985
1
68
71
73
70
282
-
St Andrews 1984
14
75
71
72
67
285
-
Royal Birkdale 1983
WD
73
71
74
-
-
-
Royal Troon 1982
8
74
66
73
74
287
-
Royal St George's 1981
14
73
73
71
71
288
-
Muirfield 1980
12
70
71
70
73
284
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1979
19
74
76
75
70
295
-
St Andrews 1978
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 1977
M/C
75
80
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1974
WD
75
77
84
-
-
-

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