The Cut - - 2ND TEE -

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.

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