Mark Lye

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Mark Lye
Personal information
Full nameMark Ryan Lye
Born (1952-11-13) November 13, 1952 (age 66)
Vallejo, California
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceNaples, Florida
CollegeSan Jose State University
Turned professional1975
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT6: 1984
U.S. OpenT13: 1989
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1977
PGA ChampionshipT36: 1986

Mark Ryan Lye (born November 13, 1952) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.


Lye was born in Vallejo, California. He attended San Jose State University, where he was a three-time All-American as a member of the golf team. He graduated in 1975 and turned pro later that year. He joined the PGA Tour in 1977.

Lye made the cut in 332 of 486 career starts in PGA Tour events in an 18-year career, which included 41 top-10 finishes. His lone victory in an official PGA Tour event came in 1983 at the Bank of Boston Classic. In that tournament, he came from 8 strokes down on the final day including birdies on three of the last four holes for a round of 64 to earn a one-stroke victory over John Mahaffey, Jim Thorpe and Sammy Rachels. His best year was 1983, when in addition to his win in Boston, he finished 28th on the money list. His best finish in a major championship is T6 at 1984 Masters Tournament;[1] in that tournament, he had a 3-shot lead after the first 36 holes.

Lye tore a ligament in his right hand at the 1995 FedEx St. Jude Classic and had to retire from the Tour at age 43 after undergoing major hand surgery. He then began working as an analyst for The Golf Channel eventually rising to lead analyst for men's tournament coverage. He also made an appearance in the 1996 movie Happy Gilmore. Lye transitioned to the position of on-course reporter in order to compete in select Champions Tour events. Lye was inducted into the California Golf Writers Hall of Fame in February 2007.[2]

After reaching the age of 50 in November 2002, Lye joined the Champions Tour at the start of the 2003 season. His best finish in that venue is a solo 9th at the 2004 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

Lye has battled malignant melanoma in the past few years. He first discovered a dime-sized mole on his left knee in 1991 and had surgery to remove it. He was cancer free for more than five years; however, in 2002, a small growth on his left thigh was discovered. He had surgery and other aggressive treatments for this recurrence and remains under a doctor's care.[3] Lye lives in Naples, Florida.

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 Sep 11, 1983 Bank of Boston Classic –11 (69-69-71-64=273) 1 stroke United States John Mahaffey, United States Sammy Rachels, United States Jim Thorpe

Other wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T6 T36
U.S. Open T25 69 CUT T45 CUT T36 T13
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT T56 T67 T63 T54 T47 T36
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Masters Tournament T39
The Open Championship
PGA Championship WD
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


  1. ^ "Golf Major Championships".
  2. ^ "Biographical information from The Golf Channel's On Air Talent page".
  3. ^ "Biographical information from the PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on 2007-02-10.

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