Five-time European Tour winner Barry Lane dies aged 62

Former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane has died aged 62. 

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Sun, 1 Jan 2023
Five-time European Tour winner Barry Lane dies aged 62

England's Barry Lane, a five-time winner on the European Tour who played in the 1993 Ryder Cup, has died at the age of 62 following a short illness.

Lane won the 1988 Scottish Open, 1992 German Masters, 1993 European Masters, 1994 Turespana Open de Baleares and 2004 British Masters. 

The Englishman's biggest pay day on Tour came when winning the 1995 Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf, a 32-man match play tournament that saw him walk away with $1 million. 

Lane also won eight times on the European Senior Tour (now known as the Legends Tour) between 2010 and 2019. 

That puts him seventh in the all-time list for wins on the Legends Tour. 

Lane made 693 starts in total on the European Tour, which is now known as the DP World Tour

That puts him fourth on the all-time list for appearances. 

Lane, who joined the European Tour in 1982, was one of four rookies in Bernhard Gallacher's European Ryder Cup side. 

He went 0-3 that week as Europe lost 15-13 to Tom Watson's United States team at The Belfry, England. 

Tributes have poured in for Lane on social media from a number of the game's greats such as Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin. 

Lane was in Mauritius in December for the 2022 Legends Tour’s season-ending MCB Tour Championship.

He presented the renamed Barry Lane Rookie of the Year Trophy to Brazil's Adilson Da Silva. 

DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley said: 

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Lane. To have seen such a level of success across both the European Tour and the now Legends Tour shows his dedication to the game of golf and he was a much-loved figure on both tours.
"The renaming of the Legends Tour’s Rookie of the Year trophy in his honour is a fitting tribute, and I’m delighted he had the opportunity to present it in December."

Ryan Howsam, chairman of the Legends Tour, added:

"This is a very sad day for all at Legends Tour. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Barry and [his wife] Camilla over the last few years as Barry played Legends Tour events with Camilla often by his side as caddie, winning eight Legends Tour titles, most recently the Senior Italian Open and the MCB Tour Championship in Madagascar, both in 2019."

Our thoughts are with Barry's family and friends at this difficult time. 

RIP Barry