Former Ryder Cup player and European Tour stalwart Barry Lane dies at 62 | Golf News and Tour Information
January 01, 2023
Barry Lane in action during the second round of the 2017 Farmfoods European Senior Masters.
Former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane has passed away at the age of 62. The Englishman represented Europe in the 1993 matches at The Belfry and was a five-time winner on the European Tour over the course of a 40-year professional career during which he made 693 starts—fourth on the all-time appearance list—on the Old World circuit. He was also an eight-time winner on the Legends Tour, the European equivalent of the Champions Tour.
Known for the pure quality of his ball-striking, Lane was a popular figure amongst his peers, as evidenced by the flurry of heartfelt messages on social media in the wake of his Dec. 31, 2022 death. Former Master champion Ian Woosnam summed up the level of feeling with his post on Twitter: “Very, very sad news today of the passing of Barry Lane. RIP my friend.”
The cause of Lane’s death has not been reported, though some accounts say he died after a “short illness.”
Perhaps the most notable of Lane’s victories came in the 1988 Scottish Open at Gleneagles, where he forced then-Masters champion Sandy Lyle to settle for second place. More than three decades later, Lane would add the Scottish Senior Open title to his already impressive curriculum vitae. Between 1992 and 1995 he finished no lower than 11th on the European money list.
Additionally, Lane won the first edition of the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf in 1995, the precursor of the WGC Match Play, now played annually in Austin, Texas. In so doing he picked up a $1 million check after defeating South African David Frost in the final. Lane also represented England four times at the Dunhill Cup and twice at the World Cup.
Just last month, Lane and his wife, Camilla, made an emotional trip to Mauritius for the Legends Tour season-ending MCB Tour Championship. There, although obviously very ill, he was able to say goodbye to his friends and contemporaries, as well as present the Rookie of the Year trophy—re-named in his honor—to Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva.
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In a statement, DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley paid tribute to both Lane’s golf and his character.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Lane,” said the Canadian. “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. The thoughts of everyone at the European Tour group are with his wife Camilla, the Lane family and his many friends throughout the golfing world.”
Barry Lane: 1960 – 2022
Lane made 693 starts on the European Tour – now known as the DP World Tour – and is fourth on the Tour’s all-time appearance list
He first took up the game of golf aged 14 and quickly became an assistant professional at Downshire Golf Club near Bracknell.
The Englishman first joined the Tour in 1982, with his first success coming in the Equity & Law Challenge in 1987, an approved special event held at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club.
His first official win came the following year as he triumphed at Gleneagles to win the Scottish Open by three strokes from Sandy Lyle and José Rivero.
Lane’s next victory came at the 1992 Mercedes German Masters, which was the catalyst for a run of form which saw him finish no lower than 11th place on the European Tour Order of Merit between 1992 and 1995.
Victory at the 1993 Canon European Masters preceded his Ryder Cup appearance at The Belfry as one of four rookies in Bernard Gallacher’s side and his fourth Tour success came the following year at the Turespaña Open de Baleares.
He would then have to wait more than ten years for his fifth and final European Tour victory when he triumphed at the British Masters at Forest of Arden in 2004, winning by three strokes from Ángel Cabrera and Eduardo Romero.
Additionally, Lane won the first edition of the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf in 1995, the precursor of the WGC Match Play event, now played annually played in Austin. He also won a US$1million first prize after defeating South African David Frost 2Up in the final.
He also represented England four times at the Dunhill Cup and twice at the World Cup and also played for the Rest of the World side in the UBS Cup three times.
Lane was in Mauritius in December for the 2022 Legends Tour season-ending MCB Tour Championship, where he presented the renamed Barry Lane Rookie of the Year Trophy to Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva.
Keith Pelley, European Tour group Chief Executive, 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. The thoughts of everyone at the European Tour group are with his wife Camilla, the Lane family and his many friends throughout the golfing world.”
After turning 50 in 2010, Lane found immediate success on the then-European Seniors Tour. Just as he did on the European Tour, he won his first event in Scotland at the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open, which he successfully defended in 2011.
He finished runner up on the Senior Tour Order of Merit in his first two full seasons, 2011 and 2012, winning three times. In 11 full seasons on Europe’s over-50s circuit, he finished seventh or higher on the season-long standings seven times, winning eight titles.
His last victory came at the MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar in 2019, as the Legends Tour broke new ground with its first visit to the Indian Ocean island.
Ryan Howsam, Chairman of the Legends Tour, said: “This is a very sad day for all at Legends Tour. Barry’s achievements throughout his impressive career are well documented but on a personal level he was a wonderful man. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Barry and Camilla over the last few years as Barry played Legends Tour events with Camilla often by his side as caddy, winning eight Legends Tour titles, most recently the Senior Italian Open and the MCB Tour Championship in Madagascar, both in 2019.”
Phil Harrison, CEO Legends Tour added “Barry joined us at MCB Tour Championship, Mauritius last month and this was a very emotional few days for Barry, Camilla and his golfing friends and family, but was a celebration and a time to reflect on a life well lived”.
The Lane family announced that Barry will be cremated at a private ceremony in Sweden.
Barry’s ashes will then be scattered into the Skagerrak sea this spring by his wife Camilla, alongside family & friends.
The family have asked for no flowers to be sent; if people would like to donate to honour Barry’s passing, they can do so by supporting the Swedish Sea Rescue Charity.
Please donate online using the following link: https://www. sjoraddning.se/information-english
Please note, you do not have to be a member of the Swedish Sea Rescue to make a one off donation.
On behalf of the Legends Tour, our thoughts are with Camilla and Barry’s family and friends.
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– The VTB Russian Open (Senior) tournament ended in the Moscow Country Club
The Moscow Country Club oh Country Club” ( branch of the Main Production and Commercial Department for the Service of the Diplomatic Corps under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia) summed up the results of the international professional golf tournament VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) – a stage of the European Tour. This year, the title sponsor of the Tournament was VTB Bank (PJSC).
A $500,000 prize pool was awarded to 55 professional golfers over 50 years old from over 20 countries. Multiple European Tour winners and Ryder Cup participants Ronan Rafferty from Ireland, Barry Lane from England, Jarmo Sandelin from Sweden, Phillip Price from Welsh, Miguel Angel Martin from Spain (Miguel Angel Martin) and other world golf stars. The only Russian participant was Gleb Fetisov.
The closing ceremony of the Tournament was attended by Head of GlavUpDK Elena Zaritskaya, Head of the Premium Clients Department, Head of the Premium Clients Department – Senior Vice President of VTB Bank (PJSC) Dmitry Breitenbikher, Head of Staysure Tour David MacLaren ), golf director of Moscow Country Club Konstantin Gribkov.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the only professional international tournament held in Russia this year, David McLaren thanked the GlavUpDK team and the Moscow Country Club and personally Elena Zaritskaya and Konstantin Gribkov for the excellent organization. “It’s been a phenomenal week. This year, the Staysure Tour has 20 tournaments around the world. One of the players told me this morning that this has been the best week of the season and the Tournament is one of the highlights of the season. I can say that I am in love with Russia, with Moscow and, of course, with the Moscow Country Club – this is a very special place, ”McLaren shared.
Englishman David Shacklady took first place with (-8) 208 strokes. He received a check for $75,000 in prize money. Second place was shared by the Welsh Philip Price and Stephen Dodd.
Moscow Country Club is an incredible venue. I admire the fantastic state of the field, the hospitality of the club and hotel staff, the work of the organizers, volunteers, caddies. My friends said that this is a great place, now I am convinced of this myself,” Shakledi thanked the ICC team. He dedicated his first victory in the Senior tournament to his family and children.
Competitions for players over 50 years of age traditionally attract a lot of attention from golf enthusiasts – professional golfers with excellent technique play fair, and the finals are often held with great intensity.
Before the final day of the VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior), David Shakledi lost two strokes to Phillip Price, who invariably held the lead in the opening rounds. Already in the first nine, David took the lead and took the fate of the trophy into his own hands.
Moscow Country Club vice-champion Gleb Fetisov, who competed at the Tournament, showed a good stable game and, according to him, he was proud to represent Russia at the international tournament. As Fetisov noted, he had to play in difficult conditions together with the most experienced professionals, and he is very pleased with his results.
The Russian Open was founded in 1993. It was first held at the Moscow Country Club. Competitions among players of the Senior category were held here for the third time (previously they were held in 2013 and 2014). The winner of the Russian Open 2013 Simon Brown finished the current Tournament in eighth place.
The organizer of the event is the Moscow Country Club, the largest golf club in Russia. Here, for the first time in the country, in the early 90s, a professional 18-hole golf course with an area of 7174 square yards was built, which harmoniously combines the rich natural landscape and international standards. The golf course was created according to the exclusive project of the American dynasty of architects Trent Jones and is considered one of the best in Europe.
In 2017, the Moscow Country Club was named the best golf hotel in Russia by the decision of the international competition World Golf Award, held by the World Travel Awards.
In July 2018 Moscow Country Club became part of European Tour Destinations. This is the only golf resort in Russia that is included in the list of European Tour Destinations – a global network that unites the most prestigious golf resorts in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and now Russia. European Tour Destinations golf clubs traditionally rank high in international rankings and host world tournaments, including the Ryder Cup and the World Championship.