Tony Jacklin, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie have led the tributes to former Ryder Cup star Barry Lane, who has passed away at the age of 62.
A five-time winner on the European Tour – now DP World Tour – Lane’s death after a short illness was announced by the circuit earlier today.
One of the game’s most popular figures, the Englishman made 693 starts on the tour and is fourth on its all-time appearance list.
His first victory came in the 1988 Scottish Open at Gleneagles and was followed by further victories at the 1992 German Masters, 1993 European Masters, 1994 Turespana Open de Baleares and 2004 British Masters.
He was also one of four rookies on the European side that lost the Ryder Cup at The Belfry in 1993.
Reacting to the news on social media, four-time European Ryder Cup captain Jacklin described Lane as “a prince of a guy”, whilst both Montgomerie and Woosnam called his death “very very sad news”.
Barry Lane was a Prince of a guy.He will be missed.R.I.P.
— Tony Jacklin CBE (@jacklin_tony) January 1, 2023
Very very sad news at the passing of Barry Lane, a colleague and a good friend. My thoughts are with Camilla and his family.
— Colin Montgomerie (@montgomeriefdn) January 1, 2023