Two of Britain’s best golfers, Sir Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle, have accepted invitations to become honorary members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. They join fellow Open Champions Peter Thomson, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Roberto de Vicenzo, Tony Jacklin, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson in becoming honorary members.
“St Andrews frames many of my most treasured memories in golf including those of my second Open win twenty-five years ago,” said Sir Nick. “I am honoured to receive this invitation and look forward to celebrating nearly forty years as a professional at the home of golf in July.”
“I am delighted to receive this recognition,” said Lyle. “It was a lifetime ambition for me to win the Open and I will never forget how it felt to lift the Claret Jug. Golf has given me a great deal over the years and I feel privileged to have been invited to become part of this great club.”
Faldo, a six-time major champion, also won the Open at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992 and he finished in the top 10 in the championship on 10 occasions. He also won the Masters three times.
Faldo is the all-time leading points-scorer in Ryder Cup history, having played in 11 European Ryder Cup teams before captaining the team in 2008. In addition to his major wins, Faldo won 24 European Tour events and led the money list in 1983 and 1992. He also won three events on the PGA Tour.
Lyle, 57, will this year celebrate the 30th anniversary of becoming Champion Golfer of the Year at Royal St George’s. He went on to win the Masters tournament three years later. These days he plays on the European Senior Tour and the Champions Tour.