Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Lyle back in the swing with Major joy

Sandy Lyle rolled back the years after finishing among the top Europeans at Augusta.

Having made major alterations to his swing in recent times, the veteran Scottish star finished the Masters on two under after a final-round 71.

"I've played here 30-odd times, so I know how to play the course," said the 1998 Green Jacket winner.

"It is just picking your shots.

"My swing had not allowed me to express how I play, but my ball striking has improved and it's nice to play without putting too much pressure on myself."

Lyle had started the week with a 71 remained consistent for the remaining three days.

"I was just happy to finish below par," he added.

"I had a double bogey in the first round, so to finish at two-under was pretty good. The changes I've made mean I am blocking out half the course, which is something I have been trying to do for about 12 years."

Englishman Ross Fisher, who led the field during the first day was delighted with a strong finish to his week.

He said: "It was a great day. I just wanted to go out and finish strongly.

"I started with a 69 and I finished with a 69. It was a nice way to finish. It was one of those days myself and Bubba (Watson) could have gone even lower."

Last year’s champion, Trevor Immelman added: "It was an emotional week. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I played some nice golf today. I was a great way to finish. Today was like Thursday, the greens were very receptive."

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