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Sandy Lyle

by SuperCooper11 (U14416348) 09 April 2010
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It's a shame to see someone who was so great becoming so ordinary. I remember reading an interview with either Faldo or Seve when all these guys (Faldo, Seve, Woosie, Lyle...) were in their prime and when which ever of the two that was being interviewed was asked "If all you guys played against each other when you were all at the top of your game, who would win?"
They answered "Sandy by 5..."
I was too young to know about his early career, but apparently when he was in his late Teens/early 20s he was, even compared to his peers, simply amazing. I never saw his Open win - but I still remember my Father getting me up to see him play the 18th to win the Masters. The greatest up-and-down ever?

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posted Apr 10, 2010

"They answered "Sandy by 5..." "


not a chance

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posted Apr 10, 2010

That era Seve and Faldo much better, just look at there records.

Lyle good player but never great!

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posted Apr 10, 2010

I just don't think he's very bright.

He tried his best to lose the '85 Open at the last with his attempt at a chip that came back to his feet, and of course he was dim enough to drive it into the fairway bunker on the 18th at The Masters too. Luckily he was only bigger chokers (e.g. Norman, Kite) were chasing him.

To see his amazing stop-start swing at the 2000 Open (I thought he'd seized up at the top of the back-swing!) made one wonder how many gurus had been invited to "re-invent" it.

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posted Apr 10, 2010

Always ordinary. Never a BIG name. Just lucky.Living on a past momentary reputation. Poor 'chip on his shoulder 'attitude. Should go back to being a club pro. Why does the BBC continue to talk to/about him?

On another point. What exactly does it mean to ' crash out ? '. Don't people/teams just lose anymore?

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posted Apr 10, 2010

Good article 'super', nice to see a new member on the sporting boards not being some kind of idiot!!

Yep, in the mid 80's Lyle was seen as the man and there was almost a ridicule about Naldo and his intensity, that borded on bullying as everybody took to the passionate Spaniard (Sevy) and of course Lyle

However, it goes to show that application and mental toughness is everything, which is why Nadal wins Slams in Tennis and Nalbandian doesn't. It also explains Poulter's sudden contender status as he's a different person to 2 years ago

As in life, we are nothing if we don't apply ourselves properly

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posted Apr 10, 2010

Clearly some of the posters on this thread are either too young to remember or looking to wind others up.
Sandy Lyle ordinary, get real. The man was the first Briton to win the Masters, the first Briton to win the Open in 16 years, World Matchplay Champion and multiple order of merit winner. It was Seve who said if all the top players were at the the top of their game Sandy would win. Pretty sure Seve would never have classed him as ordinary!

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posted Apr 11, 2010

peterverdi, couldn't agree with you more. Sandy Lyle was outstanding in the 80's, he was a far more versatile player than Faldo. What stopped him winning so much in the 90's was that he was persuaded to change his swing by these so called expert golf 'gurus'. It virtually ended his career overnight as a top tour professional.

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posted Apr 11, 2010

sandy lyle was not ordinary- but you wanna tell me that he is 5 shots better than seve and faldo- yeah right!!!!!!

don you do reealise that faldo changed his swing as well- but for the better- before he awas longer had a very versitile game, but more prone to mistakes.

no one in there right min d could ever devalue faldo or seve as being worse than lyle- so i think its you guys that dont remember.

sandy had a top game. but still, golf is 40% ability 40% mental 20% luck and being able to capitilize on it.

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posted Apr 11, 2010

Mystiroakey,

Nobody on this thread has devalued Faldo or Seve as being worse than Lyle. The quote about who would win when the rest were at the top of the game was by Seve. In fairness I'm fairly sure that the quote was made pre 1987 and Faldo's swing changes. You are spot on about the percentages, Faldo is far and away the most successful European golfer of his generation. However, my point was that anyone who classes Sandy Lyle as ordinary really doesn't know what they are talking about!

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posted Apr 11, 2010

well maybe the author should have mentioned who made the comment and when.

that would stop the heated debate.



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