Former Masters and British Open champion Sandy Lyle has added another title to his trophy case: the 2014 World Hickory Open.
The 56-year-old, who became the first Scotsman to win the Masters in 1988, shot a closing 69 in the 36-hole event at Scotland’s Panmure Golf Club to beat Paolo Quirici of Switzerland and Andrew Marshall of England by three strokes. Lyle used a set of Tad Moore’s hickory clubs to shoot 74-69—143.
“I’m very honored to have won the World Hickory Open 2014,” said Lyle, who said he has been playing hickory golf for nearly three years. “It’s been a very good experience which certainly got my ticker going, especially over the last two or three holes, which were very nerve-wracking.”
The year’s event, the 10th annual World Hickory Open, was the first played at Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie and included more than 100 players. Competitors must use equipment made prior to 1935. The tournament incorporates both net and gross divisions, using a special handicap system developed by the British Golf Collectors Society.
Lyle had never played in the World Hickory Open before this year’s event, but it seems as though he’ll be back to defend his title when the tournament returns to Carnoustie Country in 2015.
“I came into the tournament quite late when I decided that, as I was in this corner of Scotland for the Dunhill, staying on for the World Hickory Open would be a great opportunity to test my hickory skills, while also helping to advance hickory golf in Scotland.”