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Sandy Lyle to make senior debut next month

Twice major champion Sandy Lyle, who turned 50 last week, is to make his seniors debut next month.

"I'm as excited now as I was when I started," he said on Tuesday as he announced his plan to play at the Champions Classic in Valencia, California from March 14-16. "It's a whole new chapter and it's a clean slate again.I can imagine I will be nervous if I get into a winning position."

Lyle, who will be using his son Stuart as his caddie in Europe and the U.S. this year, also plans to compete at the Senior British Open at Troon in his native Scotland from July 24-27.

"It's been very frustrating when you know what you can do and I'm hoping as a senior I can do what I haven't done for a long time and build some momentum," said the winner of the 1985 British Open and 1988 U.S. Masters.

"I already know most of the players so I'll feel at home. It'll be nice to play with people my own age again."

Lyle, who along with Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam formed the so-called `Famous Five' of the 1980s, was instrumental in building the foundations of the European Tour.

"Sandy was the greatest God-given talent in history," Ballesteros once said.

"If everyone in the world was playing their best, Sandy would win and I'd come second."

Lyle won 28 times as a professional and played in the Ryder Cup in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1987.


February 13, 2008

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