Barry Lane, a former Ryder Cup player and multiple Tour winner, has sadly passed away at the age of 62.
Lane, originally from West London, took up golf at the age of 14 and went on to become an assistant pro at the Downshire Golf Club in Berkshire. He eventually joined the European Tour in 1982, aged 22, and went on to have a hugely successful playing career.
The Englishman, one of the country's most renowned and respected professionals over the past few decades, made Bernard Gallacher's 1993 Ryder Cup team at The Belfry as one of four rookies on the European side. He is fourth on the European Tour's all-time starts list with 693, winning five times on the Tour including the Scottish Open, European Masters and British Masters.
Lane continued competing into his senior years, winning eight times on the Legends Tour, previously known as the European Senior Tour, including two Scottish Senior Open titles and two MCB Tour Championships.
He was in Mauritius earlier this month for the season-ending MCB Tour Championship, where he presented the newly-renamed Barry Lane Rookie of the Year trophy to Adilson Da Silva of Brazil.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Lane," European Tour CEO Keith Pelley said. "To have seen such a level of success across both the European Tour and the now Legends Tour shows his dedication to the game of golf and he was a much-loved figure on both Tours.
“The renaming of the Legends Tour’s Rookie of the Year Trophy in his honour is a fitting tribute, and I’m delighted he had the opportunity to present it in December. The thoughts of everyone at the European Tour group are with his wife Camilla, the Lane family and his many friends throughout the golfing world.”
A number of tributes were paid on social media, including from Tony Johnstone who wrote: "What a sad way to bring in the New Year. A fine golfer and a true friend. Everyone who knew him will miss that smile and humour. RIP Baz and condolences to Camilla, Ben, Emma and the rest of the family."
Tony Jacklin wrote: "Barry Lane was a Prince of a guy. He will be missed. R.I.P."
James Kingston posted: Such sad news! The @euLegendsTour has today lost one of its true Legends with the passing of Barry Lane! Brave until the very end .... came out to Mauritius to say his goodbyes to his golfing friends......Something I will never forget. Great player, great man ....RIP Barry Lane."
What a sad way to bring in the New Year. A fine golfer and a true friend. Everyone who knew him will miss that smile and humour. RIP Baz and condolences to Camilla, Ben, Emma and the rest of the family. 💔January 1, 2023
Very sad news😢A great player and an even better person🙏🏻Condolences to Camilla and the rest of the family. RIP Barry🙏🏻 You will be missed greatly💔😢January 1, 2023
Barry Lane was a Prince of a guy.He will be missed.R.I.P.January 1, 2023
So sad. Was lovely seeing him and Camilla in Mauritius. What a player and an even better guy. RIP Baz xJanuary 1, 2023
What a desperately sad way to start 2023. Barry was a great friend and colleague, a gentleman and a brilliant champion and player . Was a privilege to have shared teh fairways with you . Love to Camilla and family . RIP Barry 💔January 1, 2023
Such sad news! The @euLegendsTour has today lost one of its true Legends with the passing of Barry Lane! Brave until the very end .... came out to Mauritius to say his goodbyes to his golfing friends......Something I will never forget. Great player, great man ....RIP Barry LaneJanuary 1, 2023
So sorry to hear the sad news that Barry Lane has passed away a fantastic golfer but an even better person RIP 🙏🏻January 1, 2023
Barry Lane was one of the nicest men I’ve met in my entire career. Made me feel so welcome when I joined the @euLegendsTour. Absolutely gutted to hear he’s gone so soon. Huge love Camilla, RIP. https://t.co/fpNHs1y1xtJanuary 1, 2023
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