Sandy LYLE

Sandy Lyle - Scotland - 1989 onwards. Dramatic decline in form

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Date: 31 May 1999

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Sunday, 09 February 1958
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Shrewsbury, England
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  • Scotland
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Sandy LYLE - Scotland - 1989 onwards. Dramatic decline in form

 

After the splendid year of 1988 where Lyle won on no less than three occasions on the US Tour,including his never to be forgotten Masters triumph, his career has sadly suffered a dramatic decline. There had been the odd success along the way but the late 1990s saw Sandy struggling to return to the heights that he reached in the 1980s. Amongst those occasional successes was his victory at the 1991 BMW International Open where he played some superb golf to card a total of twenty under par. He opened the event in scintillating fashion with two rounds of 65 followed by efforts of 71 and 67 to secure victory. The following year the Scot did enjoy something of a resurgence in form and captured both the Lancia Martini Italian Open and the Volvo Masters on his way to an 8th place finish in the Order of Merit. The Italian Open saw Lyle shoot rounds of 66,71,65 & 68 to card a winning total of 18 under par whilst his Volvo Masters win was courtesy of rounds of 72,70,72 & 73 for a three over par total in testing conditions. Sandy represented Scotland in the Dunhill Cups of 1989,90 & 92 but failed to add to his Ryder Cup appearances of 1979,81,83,85 & 87 during the 1990s.  He collected eighteen European Tour wins in his career.   (David Scranage)

 

EUROPEAN TOUR VICTORIES.


No.    Date             Tournament                       Winning score             Margin of victory    Runner(s)-up.


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 l Open          −14 (70-69-71-64=274)    1 stroke     Ian Woosnam
13   11 Oct 1987    German Masters                      −10 (72-69-70-66=278)    Playoff     Bernhard Langer
14   10 Apr 1988    Masters Tournament                −7 (71-67-72-71=281)    1 stroke     Mark Calcavecchia
15   10 Oct 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

 

USA PGA TOUR WINS (4).

 

 6 Apr 1986     Greater Greensboro Open                 −13 (68-64-73-70=275)    2 strokes     Andy Bean
29 Mar 1987    Tournament Players Championship    −14 (67-71-66-70=274)    Playoff        Jeff Sluman
31 Jan 1988    Phoenix Open                                  −15 (68-68-68-65=269)    Playoff        Fred Couples
 3 Apr 1988     KMart Greater Greensboro Open       −17 (68-63-68-72=271)     Playoff        Ken Green