60-year-old Sandy Lyle sunk a 30-foot birdie final ever Open Championship shot


Sandy Lyle has had a long and storied career in the sport of Golf, but he made his final appearance at The Open Championship this week in Carnoustie.

Lyle won the famous Claret Jug in 1985, fending off the challenge of the late Payne Stewart for his first major success.

The world-renowned green jacket of The Masters followed in 1988, cementing himself as one of the sport's greatest.

As a former Open winner, Lyle has been eligible to participate every year, but the current edition of the championship will be his last.

Due to the terms of the classification, a former winner's eligibility runs out once they pass the age of 60, and with Lyle turning 61 in February, Carnoustie will be the final time golf fans see the Scotsman in the competition.

As for the final two rounds he carded, he wasn't exactly at the level that he was in his prime, which is of course to be expected.

Lyle carded four-over-par in the first round, coupled with a second round five-over meant he was never close to making the cut for the weekend's action - where the likes of Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy are battling it out for the lead.


Sandy did however leave his best shot until last, and it was simply stunning.

The veteran sunk a 30-foot putt which led to a well-deserved standing ovation from the masses, not only for the putt but to Lyle's all-round contributions to the sport over the years.

"What a career, what a champion", said Ewen Murray following Lyle's sensational shot. Truly fitting words.


Speaking following his last ever Open round, Lyle said to Sky Sports; "I was finding it quite hard to focus on the putt, because of the memories and it was very emotional.

"It's a very emotional moment. It puts a lump in your throat and I think I had a lump around the last two holes anyway."

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