For a destination like the World Golf Hall of Fame, a glittering resume is a must but resumes can’t tell a full story of a player’s impact. This is especially true of Alexander Walter Barr Lyle, know to the golfing world as Sandy.
While his resume shines with victories at the Open Championship, The Players Championship and the Masters Tournament, the historical significance of those wins and the affect Lyle had on his contemporaries is even more impressive. As a reward for his exceptional career Sandy was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is the only golfer from Scotland to be inducted. Only the biggest legends in golf are given such an honour.
When Author Robert Philip was helping Lyle write his autobiography, “to the Fairway Born,” Philip approached Seve Ballesteros about writing the foreword of the book. When asked about just how great Lyle was at his peak, the Spanish legend replied, “ The greatest God-given talent in history. If everyone in the world was playing their best, Sandy would win and I’d come second.”
The 53-year-old Lyle says: “to be placed in the company of the greatest names in our game is very special.” Lyle was elected through the international ballot after winning 29 tournaments worldwide including the 1985 British Open and the 1988 Masters. He was the first British winner at Augusta.
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