Dual Major champion Sandy Lyle is to make his debut appearance in the Scottish Senior Open, which takes place at Craigielaw Golf Club from August 16-18.
One of Scotland’s all-time greats, Lyle adds star quality to a field which already contains two Major winners in Ian Woosnam and Paul Lawrie.
Lyle, 61, won The Open in 1985, before becoming the first British player to capture the Masters three years later. He won the 1979 European Open on Scottish soil at Turnberry in his first full season on the European Tour, however, he is returning to his homeland next month in a bid to land his first Staysure Tour title in Scotland.
Lyle, who joined the senior tour in 2008, said: “I am excited to be playing in my first Scottish Senior Open next month. I’ve played in many Opens in Scotland and always enjoyed the warmth and support of the home fans. I know many of the East Lothian courses exceptionally well from my time living in the area, and I am looking forward to playing Craigielaw for the first time.”
This will be the fifth consecutive year that the £250,000 tournament has been played in East Lothian, Scotland’s self-styled ‘Golf Coast’. Paul Broadhurst won at Archerfield Links in 2015, and again at The Renaissance Club in 2017, with fellow countryman Paul Eales succeeding at Archerfield in 2016 and Orr landing the spoils last time around. Entry to all three days of competition is free of charge.