The European Tour has announced the passing of one of its most celebrated players, Barry Lane. A member of Bernard Gallacher’s Ryder Cup team in 1993, Lane had a career that spanned more than four decades. As well as representing England twice in the World Cup, he had a highly successful career on the Old and New World circuits.
Despite his success in the European Tour, Lane also earned eight titles on the Legends Tour. He took part in the first Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf in 1995. In addition to winning on both Tours, he represented Europe in two Ryder Cup matches. After a short illness, Lane passed away at the age of 62.
Lane started playing golf at the age of 14 and soon became assistant professional at the nearby Downshire Golf Club. At 16, he played his first European Tour event and won the Equity & Law Challenge at the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club. By the time he turned 18, he was already a professional.
Throughout his life, Barry Lane was a popular figure among the golf community. In 1992, he won the Mercedes German Masters. Later, he won the Turespana Open de Baleares in 1994. His final victory came in 2004 at the British Masters. This was more than a decade after his first, and the win was by just three strokes from Angel Cabrera.
Among the many titles Lane earned on both tours, the most memorable was his win at the 1993 Canon European Masters. Although he was not a member of the Ryder Cup team in Wishaw, he was a participant at the Belfry. Lane defeated South African David Frost in the final.
Following his successful career on both Tours, Lane decided to join the Legends Tour later in his career. During his time on the Legends Tour, he won eight events, including the inaugural event in 1995. Though his success on the Tour was relatively modest, he was very dedicated to the game.
Among the various accolades Lane received during his long career, he was ranked fourth on the all-time European Tour appearance list. He also finished no lower than 11th on the European Tour Order of Merit between 1992 and 1995.
In addition to his numerous victories on both Tours, Lane was also a two-time major champion. He won the Scottish Open in 1988 and the German Masters in 1992. Before the 2004 British Masters, Lane had waited ten years to claim his fifth and final European Tour title.
Upon his death, a number of tributes were made to Barry Lane by the golf community. John Daly, for example, tweeted that he “missed him greatly.” Tony Jacklin expressed his sorrow on Twitter. Keith Pelley, the CEO of the European Tour, said that he was “deeply saddened” by Lane’s passing.
The Legends Tour is the European equivalent of the Champions Tour, and is for senior men over the age of fifty. It is now known as the DP World Tour.