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Sam Torrance

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Nationality  Scotland
Name  Sam Torrance
Turned professional  1970
Role  Golfer

Former tour(s)  European Tour
Height  1.80 m
Professional wins  43
Parents  Bob Torrance
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Full name  Samuel Robert Torrance OBE
Born  24 August 1953 (age 70) Largs, Scotland (1953-08-24)
Residence  Virginia Water, England
Spouse  Suzanne Danielle (m. 1995)
Children  Anouska Torrance, Phoebe Torrance, Daniel Torrance
Books  Out of Bounds: Legendary Tales From the 19th Hole, An Enduring Passion: My Ryder Cup Years
Current tours  European Senior Tour, Champions Tour

Similar  Suzanne Danielle, Ian Woosnam, Mark James (golfer)


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Samuel Robert Torrance OBE (born 24 August 1953) is a Scottish professional golfer and sports commentator. He was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, with 21 Tour wins. Torrance was a member of European Ryder Cup teams on eight occasions, from 1981 to 1995 consecutively; he was on Cup-winning teams in 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1995. He was the winning non-playing captain of the European Ryder Cup team in 2002. Torrance was honoured with the MBE (1996) and OBE (2003), for his outstanding contributions to golf.


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European Tour

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Torrance turned professional at the age of 16, and joined the European Tour at 17. He achieved his first professional win in 1972, and won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in the same year. He recorded his first European Tour win in 1976. He won 21 times on the European Tour; only fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie has accumulated more European Tour titles without winning one of golf's four major championships. His best finish on the European Tour Order of Merit was second, which he achieved in 1984 and 1995. In total he finished in the top ten on the list ten times. He holds the record for the most career appearances on the European Tour, with over 700 events played at the close of the 2008 season. During his prime Torrance was known for long driving and accurate short iron play, often played in a daring style.

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Torrance was also an early user of the broomhandle putter. After a disappointing 1988 season on the greens, Torrance experimented with the long putter that was already being used successfully in the U.S. He debuted his version, which anchored on the chin rather than the midriff, at the 1989 Jersey Open and subsequently finished in the top five. He has used it relatively successfully ever since.

European Senior Tour

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In 2003, upon turning 50, Torrance became eligible to play in senior tournaments, and he picked up his first win on the European Senior Tour in 2004. He finished first on the European Senior Tour's Order of Merit in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Ryder Cup

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Torrance played for Europe in the Ryder Cup eight times, from 1981 to 1995 consecutively; the Cup is contested every two years. In 1985 he sank the winning putt, which deprived the Americans of the trophy for the first time in 28 years. He also was a member of Cup-winning teams in 1987 (first-ever win for Europe on American soil), 1989 and 1995. In 2002, he was the non-playing captain on the European team which won the 2002 Cup at The Belfry. This made him the second European captain to sink the winning putt and captain a winning team at separate Ryder Cups, after Seve Ballesteros in 1987 (as a player) and 1997 (as captain). He was also named a vice-captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine by captain Darren Clarke.

Family, honours

Torrance's father Bob was a highly respected golf instructor who coached son Sam from childhood. He also coached Sam's son Daniel who played golf to a high level, competing with Sam at the Dunhill Links Championship in the Pro Am competition, winning it once. Torrance married English actress Suzanne Danielle in 1988. They have three children.

Torrance was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to golf, and an OBE in the 2003 New Year Honours List, for his captaincy of Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Broadcasting career

Torrance currently works as a commentator for BBC Sport golf coverage. Along with Kelly Tilghman, he also provided commentary for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09.

Torrance has appeared on the sport personality quiz show A Question of Sport five times since 2005. In October 2006, he took over nine minutes to consider with his teammates Ally McCoist and Michael Holding the question, "Who is the only golfer from Europe or the United States to have won two majors without making a Ryder Cup appearance", eventually correctly answering John Daly. On 17 March 2008, he competed with Sharron Davies and team captain Phil Tufnell in the 37th season of A Question of Sport, and made history by achieving the first-ever perfect score on the show since it started in 1970. He is a supporter of Celtic and Manchester United football clubs.

European Tour wins (21)

European Tour playoff record (4–2)

Other wins (12)

  • 1972 Radici Open (Italy), Lord Derby's Under-25 Match Play Championship
  • 1975 Zambia Open
  • 1978 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1979 Colombian Open
  • 1980 Australian PGA Championship, Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1983 C* Scottish PGA Championship
  • 1985 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1991 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1993 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 2006 Hassan II Golf Trophy
  • Results in major championships

    CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1973, 1977 and 1978 Open Championships)
    "T" indicates a tie for a place


  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1980 Open Championship – 1988 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
  • Results in senior major championships

    Results are not in chronological order before 2016.

    DNP = Did not play
    CUT = missed the halfway cut
    "T" indicates a tie for a place.
    Yellow background for top-10.

    Team appearances

  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1981, 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied and retained trophy), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 2002 (winners, non-playing captain)
  • World Cup (representing Scotland): 1976, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995
  • Double Diamond International (representing Scotland): 1973 (winners), 1976, 1977
  • Hennessy Cognac Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1976 (winners), 1978 (winners), 1980 (winners), 1982 (winners), (representing Scotland) 1984
  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Scotland): 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 1999
  • Four Tours World Championship (representing Europe): 1985, 1991 (winners, captain)
  • UBS Cup (representing the Rest of the World): 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2013 (non-playing captain)
  • References

    Sam Torrance Wikipedia