1988: Sandy Lyle wins Masters with amazing fairway bunker blast on the 72nd hole

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In 1988, Sandy Lyle became the first Brit to wear the Green Jacket

On this day, In 1988 Sandy Lyle became the first Scot and Briton for that matter to dawn the green jacket.  He did it under enormous pressure and difficulty after finding a fairway bunker on his 18th hole tee shot.  His blasted 7-iron approach landed past the flag and up the slope of the tier running across the green, before gradually rolling back to finish around 10 feet.  Lyle then rolled his ten footer in to make history at Augusta once again.

The build up to the final hole

Lyle led after 36 and 54 holes, but gave up the lead on the final nine; he carded a double-bogey on the par-3 12th after his tee shot hit the bank and rolled back into Rae’s Creek. Having failed to make birdie on either of the two par-5s on the back nine, he remained one stroke behind Calcavecchia at the par-3 16th. Lyle’s tee shot found the green and left him with a 15-foot (4.6 m) putt for birdie, which he holed. Sandy Sandy

A Great time for the UK at The Masters

This marked a four year stretch where the winner of the green jacket came from somewhere in United Kingdom.  Lyle claimed it in 1988, then it was Sir Nick Faldo who won it back-to-back in 1989 & 1990.  Then the Welshman Ian Woosnam completed the four year streak.

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