Sandy Lyle set to retire from golf after next week's Masters

The 65-year-old was the first British or Irish player to win at Augusta when he lifted the trophy in 1988.

Sandy Lyle set to retire from golf after next week’s Masters SNS Group

Sandy Lyle is set to retire from golf after next month’s Masters.

The 65-year-old Scot, who was the first player from the UK or Ireland to win at Augusta 35 years ago, confirmed that The Galleri Classic would be his last Champions Tour after his last place finish on Sunday.

Speaking to press at the over 50s’ tour at Missions Hill on Sunday he said: “This is the last one.

“I’ve been travelling for 50-odd years now and the Champions Tour is a travelling circuit like all the other tours and you get to know the guys you play with and compete with.

“Yeah, you’ll miss them to a certain amount, but you’ll still see a lot of them on television. I mean, television’s exposed golf so much in the last 25 years, it’s incredible.

“I can sit in my house in Scotland and watch virtually every detail, who’s gone where, done what etc. And then in the majors there’s even more information through. So it makes it exciting.”

Lyle won the Open Championship at Sandwich in 1985 and the 52nd Masters Tournament at Augusta in 1988.

He won his first tournament in 19 years when he captured his first European Senior Tour title at the 2011 ISPS Handa Senior World Championship.