Golf-No viewers for Lyle as he takes remaining bow on golf’s biggest stage


By Steve Keating

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Sandy Lyle could also be one of many Masters most beloved champions however he acquired valuable little of it at Augusta Nationwide on Saturday, slicing a forlorn determine as he hit the final putt of his profession within the early morning rain on a close to abandoned 18th inexperienced.

The primary British participant to put on the Inexperienced Jacket after profitable the 1988 Masters, the 65-year-old Scot was denied the rousing sendoff accorded former champions when he needed to return on Saturday for a 12-foot putt that might full his climate delayed second spherical.

When the horn sounded at 8 a.m. ET (1200 GMT) to sign the beginning of play and open the course to spectators Lyle took out a ceremonial golden putter made for the event and two-putted for a double-bogey finishing his remaining aggressive spherical in entrance taking part in companions Jason Kokrak, Talor Gooch, their caddies and some upkeep crew and officers.

As Lyle made his option to the scorer’s workplace, signing for an 11-over 83, a stampede of patrons race walked (no working allowed on the Augusta Nationwide grounds) up the hill previous the 18th inexperienced on the way in which to stake out locations at Amen Nook, oblivious to the event unfolding beside.

“It is a disgrace I did not get the possibility to complete yesterday,” Lyle advised reporters. “Wanted one other 30 seconds.

“We have been simply principally lining our putts up and I used to be going to be the final to putt.

“We tried to speak to the official that, you realize, please, allow us to end. However, no, they caught to the principles and guidelines are guidelines and we needed to abide by that.”

The crowds that gave Lyle a standing ovation as he made his option to the 18th inexperienced on Friday additionally protested as chants of “Let him putt, Let him putt” rang out.

Whereas the tip was as messy because the climate, Lyle’s appreciation was undiminished, inserting his hand over his coronary heart and blowing kisses to the gallery for his or her help as he walked off.

“They’ve been very supportive,” smiled Lyle, who bought celebrations began on Friday with tequila and whiskey tasting into the early morning. “And extra noticeable most likely yesterday all of them stood up arising the 18th and Jason Kokrak stood by the inexperienced and clapped for me all the way in which from there.

“In order that they’re good reminiscences I am going away with, going dwelling with a great feeling.”

Lyle did hear cheers on Saturday when he made his method again to the 18th in a downpour half-hour later to assist applaud his pal, 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize, who was about to finish his remaining spherical.

After hometown hero Mize tapped in for an eight-over 80 Lyle made his method onto the inexperienced handing the Augusta native a tissue and jokingly wiped his eyes.

“To get a reception like that and climate like this, I did not anticipate that,” stated Mize. “That was very particular for Sandy to come back out and greet me there.

“Sandy’s a great pal, an awesome champion, and to complete off with him is fairly cool.”

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Augusta. Modifying by Toby Davis)