Date of Birth:9th February 1958Country:Scotland

Sandy Lyle

Although his given name of Alexander Walter Barr Lyle might throw people a little, it is a measure of his influence on the modern game that just about everyone knows him as Sandy! In many ways, he was a trendsetter for the British golfers of his era, winning the Open Championship at Sandwich in 1985 and, then, famously becoming the first and only Scot to win the green jacket when he won the US Masters in 1988. Lyle claimed no fewer than 27 professional wins worldwide in his honour-laden career and topped the PGA European Tour order of merit on three occasions (1979, 1980, 1985) . . . . he took up the sport as a three-year-old, coached by his father, Alex, who was resident professional at Hawkstone Park in England . . . . was an assistant captain to Ian Woosnam in the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club . . . . enjoys the fast life, listing cars, motor cycles and aeroplanes among his interests.