Following his 43rd appearance at the Masters Tournament, Sandy Lyle, the 1988 Masters champion, has retired from competitive golf as previously announced. Lyle completed his final round on Saturday morning, missing a 12-foot putt for par on the 18th green, and waving and blowing a kiss to the spectators.
Reflecting on his career, Lyle acknowledged the significance of winning the Masters and the special treatment afforded to past champions. Despite feeling the effects of "a lot of tequila and a bit of whiskey tasting," Lyle expressed gratitude for his career and its longevity.
Lyle's retirement comes after fellow Masters champion Larry Mize announced his decision to make his 40th consecutive start at the Masters his last due to the difficulty of the course. Lyle and Mize will both return to Augusta for the 2024 Masters, with Lyle planning to attend the Champions Dinner and play the Par 3 Contest.
Sandy Lyle's retirement marks the end of an era for the Masters Tournament. He will be remembered for his outstanding career and final farewell on the 18th green.