1988 Masters champion named to hall of fame

Two-time major champion Sandy Lyle, of Scotland, and British commentator Peter Alliss have been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012.


Lyle was elected through the international ballot after winning 29 tournaments worldwide, including the 1985 British Open and the 1988 Masters Tournament. He was the first British winner at Augusta.

The 53-year-old Lyle says “to be placed in the company of the greatest names in our game is very special.”

Alliss, who won 23 tournaments as a player before becoming a commentator in 1961, was picked for the Lifetime Achievement category.

They will be inducted along with American golf writer Dan Jenkins and Phil Mickelson and Hollis Stacy at a ceremony next May.

PGA TOUR AUSTRALASIA: In Melbourne, Australia, England’s Ian Poulter shot 6-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Australian Masters.

Australian Ashley Hall shot 66 at Victoria Golf Club and former champion Peter Lonard was among a group of six two shots back.

Top-ranked Luke Donald opened with 69 in his first professional tournament in Australia. Donald was tied for 11th place.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Donald added the European Tour’s golfer of the year award to his PGA Tour player of the year honor for 2011.

The Englishman won three titles on the European Tour and finished in the top 10 in 20 of his 26 tournaments worldwide, helping him become the first player to officially win money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

ASIAN TOUR: In Bangkok, Lee Westwood shot a career-best 12-under-par 60 to lead the Thailand Golf Championship by five strokes over John Daly.

The Englishman reached the turn in 29 and finished with 10 birdies and an eagle for a course record at Amata Spring Country Club.

Gregory Bourdy and Thawron Wiratchant had 68s.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, American teenager Lexi Thompson took a two-shot lead after the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.

The 16-year-old Thompson, who is the youngest LPGA Tour winner, had six birdies en route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 66 and 136 total.

Swedish veteran Sophie Gustafson (67) and Margherita Rigon (68) shared second place. Julieta Granada and Becky Morgan trail the leader by three shots.


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