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Sandy Lyle Becomes First Brit to Win The Masters

On this day in 1988, Sandy Lyle won the 52nd Masters Tournament with a birdie at the 72nd hole to become the first British player to win The Masters.

Leading after 36 and 54 holes, Lyle temporarily lost the lead on the back nine, but came to the 18th tied with Mark Calcavecchia.

His adrenaline-fuelled drive went further than expected and landed in the first of the two bunkers on the left of the fairway, against an upslope, but close to the lip. Picking a perfect 7-iron off the sand to clear both the lip and the second bunker ahead of him, he found the upper tier of the green, and the ball rolled back to about 12 feet, but still above the hole.

After holing the putt, Lyle famously danced a rather ungainly jig with his putter held aloft. It was his second and final Major title following the 1985 Open Championship, and marked the beginning of four years of British dominance at The Masters, with Nick Faldo winning in 1989 and 1990, and Ian Woosnam in 1991.


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