10 Things You Didn't Know About Sandy Lyle

Check out these 10 facts you didn't know about the two-time Major champion.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sandy Lyle
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Sandy Lyle

Winner of the 1985 Open Championship and 1988 Masters, we get to know Scottish Hall of Fame golfer Sandy Lyle with these 10 things you didn't know about him.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sandy Lyle

1. Sandy is just his nickname. His real name is Alexander Walter Barr Lyle.

2. Often thought of purely as a Scot, he was in fact born in 1958 in Shrewsbury, England.

3. This was because his parents moved from Scotland to England so that his father Alex could become the head professional at Hawkstone Park Golf Club. As a result Lyle took to the game quickly.

4. Over Lyle's career he put together several important moments. For example he won the Open in 1985, in the process becoming the first Briton to win the tournament since 1969. He then became the first European to win The Players Championship in 1987 and he then became the first Briton to win the Masters in 1988.

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Lyle with his first wife Christine and their son Stuart (Getty Images)

5. Lyle married Christine Trew who was once an international-class swimmer and was a founding member of the Ladies European Tour. They would eventually split and he remarried to Jolande in 1989.

6. As a youngster Lyle built up his arm strength by clearing the dew off the Hawkstone Park greens with a bamboo pole roughly 20-feet longer than he was.

7. Lyle is the only member of the European 'Big Five' not to get to world number one. Despite this Severiano Ballesteros once said; "Sandy was the greatest God-given talent in history. If everyone in the world was playing their best, Sandy would win and I'd come second."

8. In fact his best world ranking is third.

9. Lyle has five children called Stuart, James, Alexandra Lonneke, and Quintin.

10. He played on five Ryder Cup teams winning twice and losing three times. He is yet to be named as a captain which is often seen as a controversial omission from his resume.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x