Sandy Lyle ‘would be tea boy’ if it helps achieve Ryder Cup glory

Sandy Lyle would gladly be Europe’s tea boy if it helped Paul McGinley’s bid for Ryder Cup success at Gleneagles.

Skipper McGinley is set to announce his backroom team today, with speculation running rabid as to who will be picked as his trusted assistants.

Lyle is hoping there will be space for him to get involved in the set-up – especially as the Scottish figurehead lives just over 30 miles along the back roads in Balquhidder.

Lyle offers up a wealth of experience that very few golfers can match. A former Open and US Masters champion, participant in five Ryder Cups and assistant captain at the K Club in 2006, Lyle would be the ideal man to have in your ear come the big show.

And he also makes a mean cup of tea, of which he would be more than happy to prove given the chance to be part of Team Europe.

Lyle, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I haven’t had any contact with Paul but I’ve said many a time if the phone rings I’ll be willing to help.

“You don’t often get this chance to be part of a Ryder Cup in Scotland so it would be nice to be involved, even if it’s just on the corporate side.

“But I’d do anything. I’d make cups of tea or drive a JCB digger if need be. The match is not going to be back in Scotland for a long time.

"I live only 30 miles away from Gleneagles so it would be nice to be involved in some way.”

For now, however, Lye’s focus will be trained on competing as the 56-year-old prepares to get his season on America’s Champions Tour underway next week.

He will begin with the Toshiba Classic in California next Thursday before moving on to the Mississippi Classic as he gears up for the Masters next month.