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Lyle and Lawrie take on historic foursomes

  • Former Champion Golfers of the Year set to play in Sunningdale Foursomes.
  • The prestigious event runs from today until Friday 17th March.
  • Lawrie will play the tournament alongside his son Craig.

Two former Champion Golfers of the Year are set to play in the prestigious Sunningdale Foursomes this week.

Sunningdale Foursomes

Scots Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie are amongst those entered for the traditional season-opening event’s 83nd edition, which runs from today until Friday 17th March.

The celebrated annual tournament is open to all golfers; professional, amateur, men and women, and is played under a special handicap.

Winning The Open

Lyle became the first British winner of The Open in 16 years when he lifted the Claret Jug at Royal St George’s in 1985 finishing one stroke clear of the late Payne Stewart.

He edged out Mark Calcavecchia by the same margin three years later to become the first British golfer to win the Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

Lawrie was ranked 241st in the world when he came through Final Qualifying to book his spot in The Open at Carnoustie in 1999. He went on to create history by storming from ten strokes behind on the final day to triumph in a play-off with Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde, who infamously triple-bogeyed the last.

Paul Lawrie

Paul Lawrie
Paul Lawrie will play the Sunningdale Foursomes with his son Craig.

Lawrie, who was neither leader nor co-leader during his regulation 72 holes, holds the record for winning a major golf championship from the largest third-round deficit. The Aberdeenshire golfer will make it a family affair when he tees off at the Sunningdale Foursomes.

“I'm really excited to be playing this year’s Sunningdale Foursomes with my son Craig,” said Lawrie.

“It has never fitted into my schedule before so I am delighted it has this year. My youngest son Michael will caddie for me so it should be a great week.”

Sandy Lyle

Sandy Lyle
Sandy Lyle returns to the Suningdale Foursomes for first time since 1975.

Lyle has unfinished business at Sunningdale having last played in the event as an amateur in 1975.

“I got to the final with Martin Poxon, who was a great travel friend of mine at the time. I awoke on the Sunday morning to find the course buried in snow and that was the end of that,” said Lyle.

“That was the last time I played and of course I’m looking forward to getting back out there – it’s a damn good course and hopefully the weather will be kinder.”