Barry Lane, European golf veteran, died at 62 after a short illness

Former Ryder Cup player and five-times European Tour winner Barry Lane has died at the age of 62 after a short illness, the DP World Tour said in a statement on Sunday.

Lane made 693 starts on the European Tour, which is now known as the DP World Tour, and is fourth on the Tour’s all-time appearance list.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Lane,” European Tour CEO Keith Pelley said.

“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 honor is a fitting tribute, and I’m delighted he had the opportunity to present it in December.”

Barry Lane at the Irish Legends event on Aug. 17, 2022.
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He won the Scottish Open in 1988 by three strokes at Gleneagles. Lane’s final victory came at the 2004 British Masters — more than a decade after he had previously claimed the tournament.

Barry Lane was a prince of a guy. He will be missed. RIP,” tweeted fellow British player and two-time major champion Tony Jacklin.

The Englishman also played at the 1993 Ryder Cup, where Team Europe was defeated by the United States at The Belfry.

Barry Lane at a celebrity event on March 29. 2022.
Barry Lane at a celebrity event on March 29. 2022.
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Barry Lane at the Scottish Senior Open on Sept.  12, 2021.
Barry Lane at the Scottish Senior Open on Sept. 12, 2021.
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“RIP barry – sweetest guy to the very end and coming all the way to Mauritius a few weeks ago, despite very ill health, to say goodbye to all his Tour family says a lot to his bravery & to the close kinship & friendships we all form on Tour,” Irish golf veteran Paul McGinley tweeted.

— With Reuters

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