Barry Lane wins Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters
Just when you thought the game was turning into a sport for young guns who launch the ball 300 yards-plus, up popped a 43-year-old whose halcyon days came more than decade ago.
Barry Lane came back from PGA European Tour oblivion to win the Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters – his first victory on the European Tour in 10 years.
He moved from No. 126 to No. 97 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
“You just keep trying,” Lane said. “I never lost the competitive interest, but we travel so much and I lost a bit of interest in the traveling, but you just keep practicing and hoping.”
Lane’s 16-under 272 gave him a three-shot victory over Argentineans Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera.
The English veteran’s victory was worth 395,124 euros (approximately $469,650).
It was his first tournament victory of any kind since the Accenture World Championship of Golf in 1995, and his first official European Tour triumph since the now-defunct Turespana Open de Baleares in 1994.
It was Lane’s 499th PGA European Tour event.
Lane won four European titles between 1988 and 1994, and played on the 1993 European Ryder Cup team at The Belfry. He capped that successful period by taking the $1 million top prize at the inaugural World Match Play and was a player seemingly destined for better things.
While contemporaries such as Colin Montgomerie went onto fame and fortune, however, Lane slipped down the European pecking order. Until this latest victory, he had recorded one second-place finish in eight years and had placed no better than 31st (2002) on the European money list.