1985 Open Champion, 1987 PLAYERS Champion, and 1988 Masters Champion Sandy Lyle will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame tonight in St. Augustine, Florida. The ceremony airs tonight at 10PM ET on Golf Channel. European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady called Lyle with the news of his induction and his first thought was that he was trouble but of course he was pleasantly surprised to learn of his induction into the Hall of Fame.
His bunker shot on the 72nd hole and the putt to win the 1988 Masters was his golden moment in golf. When he saw where his tee shot ended up, he was optimistic because it was on the upslope but he still knew that he had a tough shot. He hit the ball cleanly from the bunker and the ball stayed on a slope on the green before rolling down to about 10-15 feet. Lyle said that he was actually a bit disappointed that it wasn’t closer but he rolled in the putt and then went into that dance on the green.
He and Seve Ballesteros were young guns in Europe around the same time and they got along very well after they began seeing each other in tournaments on a regular basis. They both were in the prime of the careers at the same time and while they were fierce competitors on the course, they were buddies off the course and he thoroughly enjoyed the time he got to spend with Seve.
It would have been nice to be Captain of the European Ryder Cup team but he understands that he may end up being one of those players who because of circumstances or timing gets passed over. Lyle said that he has had a wonderful career with wonderful moments without the Captaincy but added that you can never say never and that he holds out a little bit of hope that maybe one day he will get to be Captain because after all, no one ever thought that Tom Watson would almost win the Open Championship at the age of 59.