2014 Ryder Cup Profile: Sam Torrance, Vice Captain


2014 Ryder Cup Profile: Sam Torrance, Vice Captain

VICE CAPTAIN INFORMATION
Full Name: Samuel Robert Torrance OBE
Age: 61
Hometown: Virginia Water, England
Birthplace: Largs, Scotland
Birthdate: August 24, 1953
Family: Wife: Suzanne; Children: Daniel (1988), Phoebe (1992), Anouska (1995)
Turned Professional: 1970

 

RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE
Years Played: 1981, 83, 85 (winners), 87 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 95 (winners), 99 (Vice Captain), 2002 (Captain), (winners), 2014 (Vice Captain)
Total Matches: 28
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 7-15-6
Singles (W-L-H): 2-3-3
Foursomes (W-L-H): 3-7-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 2-5-3
Total Points Won: 10
Total Points Won Point %: 35.71

 

RYDER CUP RESULTS
1981: Walton Heath
USA 18 1/2, Europe 9 1/2
Day 1 Fourballs: Torrance/Clark (halved) with Kite/Miller
Day 2 Fourballs: Torrance/Faldo lost to Trevino/Pate (7 & 5)
Day 2 Foursomes: Torrance/Oosterhuis lost to Trevino/Pate (2 & 1)
Singles: Torrance lost to Trevino (5 & 3)
 
1983: PGA National GC
USA 14 1/2, Europe 13 1/2
Day 1 Foursomes: Torrance/Cañizares beat Floyd/Gilder (4 & 3)
Day 1 Fourballs: Torrance/Woosnam (halved) with Crenshaw/Peete
Day 2 Fourballs: Torrance/Woosnam lost to Watson/Gilder (5 & 4)
Day 2 Foursomes: Torrance/Cañizares lost to Morgan/Wadkins (7 & 5)
Singles: Torrance (halved) with Kite
 
1985: The Belfry
Europe 16 1/2, USA 11 1/2
Day 1 Foursomes: Torrance/Clark lost to Stadler/Sutton (3 & 2)
Day 1 Fourballs: Torrance/Clark lost to Floyd/Wadkins (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs: Torrance/Clark beat Kite/North (2 & 1)
Singles: Torrance beat North (1 hole)
 
1987: Muirfield Village
Europe 15, USA 13
Day 1 Foursomes: Torrance/Clark lost to Strange/Kite (4 & 2)
Singles: Torrance (halved) with Mize
 
1989: The Belfry
Europe 14, USA 14
Day 1 Fourballs: Torrance/Brand Jnr beat Strange/Azinger (1 hole)
Day 2 Foursomes: Torrance/Brand Jnr lost to Beck/Azinger (4 & 3)
Singles: Torrance lost to Watson (3 & 1)
 
1991: Ocean Course, Kiawah Island
USA 14 1/2, Europe 13 1/2
Day 1 Fourballs: Torrance/Feherty (halved) with Wadkins/O’Meara
Day 2 Foursomes: Torrance/Feherty lost to Irwin/Wadkins (4 & 2)
Singles: Torrance lost to Couples (3 & 2)
 
1993: The Belfry
USA 15, Europe 13
Day 1 Foursomes: Torrance/James lost to Wadkins/Pavin (4 & 3)
Singles: Torrance halved with Wadkins (Torrance withdrew due to injury)
 
1995: Oak Hill CC
Europe 14 1/2, USA 13 1/2
Day 1 Foursomes: Torrance/Rocca beat Haas/Couples (3 & 2)
Day 1 Fourballs: Torrance/Rocca lost to Maggert/Roberts (6 & 5)
Day 2 Foursomes: Torrance/Rocca beat Love III/Maggert (6 & 5)
Day 2 Fourballs: Torrance/Montgomerie lost to Faxon/Couples (4 & 2)
Singles: Torrance beat Roberts (2 & 1)

 

EUROPEAN TOUR CAREER RECORD
Events played: 706
Top Ten finishes: 164
In Money: 509
Official Career Earnings € 5,491,086

 

PLAYER NOTES
* Holds the European Tour record for most number of official European Tour events played in, at 706.
* Holds the European Tour record for the most official European Tour events in the money, with 509.
* Holds the European Tour record for the biggest gap between first and latest European Tour victories of 22 years and 44 days. This was between the 1976 Piccadilly Medal and the 1998 Peugeot Open de France.
* Holed the winning putt to win The Ryder Cup in 1985 at The Belfry, beating Andy North by one hole in the final day singles.
* Was part of the first European Team to win on American soil in 1987 at Muirfield Village.
* Was the winning European Captain at The Belfry in 2002.

 

CAREER VICTORIES
EUROPEAN TOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE VICTORIES: Total 21
1976 Piccadilly Medal, Martini International
1981 Carrolls Irish Open
1982 Benson and Hedges Spanish Open, Portuguese Open
1983 Scandinavian Enterprise Open, Portuguese Open
1984 Tunisian Open, Benson and Hedges International Open, Sanyo Open (play-off)
1985 Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open
1987 Lancia Italian Open (play-off)
1990 Mercedes German Masters
1991 Jersey European Airways Open
1993 Kronenbourg Open, Heineken Open Catalonia, Honda Open (play-off)
1995 Murphy’s Irish Open (play-off), Conte of Florence Italian Open, Collingtree British Masters
1998 Peugeot Open de France
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR VICTORIES: Total 11
2004 Travis Perkins Senior Masters
2005 Irvine Whitlock Seniors Classic, De Vere PGA Seniors Championship, Bendinat London Seniors Masters
2006 Sharp Italian Seniors Open, AIB Irish Seniors Open in association with Greenstar and Fáilte Ireland (playoff), PGA Seniors Championship, Charles Church Scottish Senior Open
2007 Bendinat London Seniors Masters
2008 OKI Castellón Open España - Senior Tour Championship
2009 DGM Barbados Open
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT VICTORIES: Total 1
1980 Australian PGA Championship
OTHER TOURNAMENT VICTORIES: Total 10
1972 Radici Open (ITA), Under-25 Match Play Championship
1975 Zambian Open
1978 Scottish Professional Championship
1979 Colombian Open
1980 Scottish Professional Championship
1985 Scottish Professional Championship
1991 Scottish Professional Championship
1993 Scottish Professional Championship
2006 King Hassan II Trophy (MOR)

 

TEAMS (PRO)
Ryder Cup 1981, 83, 85 (winners), 87 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 95 (winners), 99 (Vice Captain), 2002 (Captain) (winners), 2014 (Vice Captain)
Alfred Dunhill Cup 1985, 86, 87, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95 (winners), 99
World Cup 1976, 78, 82, 84, 85, 87, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95
Seve Trophy 2013 (Captain)
4 Tours World Championship 1985, 91 (Captain) (winners)
Hennessy Cognac Cup 1976 (winners), 78 (winners), 80 (winners), 82 (winners), 84
Double Diamond 1973 (winners), 76, 77
UBS Cup 2001, 02, 04