Spend today’s lunch hour with Ryder Cup winner Sam Torrance

FOLLOWERS of Team Europe’s winning play during the Ryder Cup are in for a treat today – City A.M. columnist and multiple Ryder Cup-winning golfer Sam Torrance has penned a tome covering his career as sportsman and media commentator, and will be in town signing copies.

Torrance will be on hand to personalise Out of Bounds: Legendary Tales from the 19th Hole, at Waterstones in Leadenhall Market from 12.30-1.30pm. In the book he recounts tales of the more eccentric and colourful characters on tour, including temper tantrums and club throwing, not to mention tips for dealing with late-night intruders.

Those unable to attend need not be disappointed – a call to 0843 2908 439 after 8am will ensure your reservation of a signed copy.

Torrance will be hoping that the City’s sports fans are as keen on golf as cricket after a CNBC link-up with Icap yesterday revealed all the screens in the trading room tuned to the Twenty20 World Cup.

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