Sandy Lyle speaks to the Gazette

Sandy Lyle (far right) at the launch of the Kerswell golf development, Kerswell Mains near Carnwath'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Sandy Lyle (far right) at the launch of the Kerswell golf development, Kerswell Mains near Carnwath'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

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Former US Masters and Open Golf Champion Sandy Lyle was in Clydesdale this week – and revealed he still hasn’t given up on captaining Europe in a Ryder Cup.

Sandy (53), was speaking exclusively to the Gazette as he is part of the design team of a new course and resort, set to be built at Kersewell Mains near Carnwath.

Sandy Lyle (far right) at the launch of the Kerswell golf development, Kerswell Mains near Carnwath'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Sandy Lyle (far right) at the launch of the Kerswell golf development, Kerswell Mains near Carnwath'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

He still harbours the ambition to captain Europe against team USA - possibly at Gleneagles in 2014.

He said: “It’s something I would like to do. If the selectors want a more experienced captain then I’d be delighted to do it.

“I had some great memories of playing in the Ryder Cup. Winning in America for the first time in 1987 was definitely a highlight purely because Jack Nicklaus was their captain and we were playing on a course that he designed.”

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