Sandy Lyle Snaps Club In Nightmare Start To Final Masters

The 1988 champion made a great bogey on his opening hole at Augusta after getting off to a nightmare start

Sandy Lyle and his caddie on the putting green at the 2023 Masters
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Sandy Lyle makes his final Masters appearance this week to draw an end to his illustrious two-time Major winning playing career, but he couldn't have got off to a worse start after two shots on Thursday morning.

The 1988 Green Jacket winner carved his opening drive into the trees and was heard crying out "Ohh rubbish!" as the ball flew down the right into the shrubbery.

The Masters website shows every shot of every player but Lyle's second shot is missing, although thankfully The Scotsman's Martin Dempster was there to report what happened.

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Lyle apparently played his second shot left-handed, resulting in one of his clubs snapping, with his shot also hitting a cameraman.

In the video of his third shot, labelled as his second shot on the Masters website, you can clearly see his caddie Ken Martin holding a club that had been snapped in half.

Screenshot of Sandy Lyle's third shot on the 1st hole during the 2023 Masters

Footage from the Masters website showed Lyle's caddie holding a snapped club

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Following that nightmare start, Lyle's fortunes turned around with a pitch up the fairway and then a stellar wedge shot to around 10ft, which he duly rolled in for a great bogey.

He composed himself to par the par 5 2nd and will hope to put something solid together today in order to give himself a chance at making the cut.

Watch Sandy Lyle's opening round on the Masters website

"It won't be that emotional playing around here," Lyle said on Wednesday at Augusta.

"I'm not even thinking about it because I'm come back next year and play here in the par-3 but under different rules. I won't be competing in the main tournament. It's not a hard decision. I'm not going to get that emotional about it. It will be probably the last hole or so thinking, thank God I don't have to go out here for -- this is a beast of a golf course, and the young ones hit it so much further than me.

"I suppose Nicklaus said the same thing in '86 when he was 46, and I was lucky enough to be playing with him, and he was basically classed as almost too old or over the hill, and he proved to everybody else he wasn't over the hill. I'm not expecting to do the same thing, but it's just age catches you up.

"Club head speed lowers down without you even trying sometimes, and then the course is getting longer and I'm getting shorter. Not a good combination. The young ones are so good these days that I can't really compete against that."

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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