Sam Torrance OBE is a multiple Ryder Cup-winning golfer and media commentator. He has won 21 European Tour titles in a career spanning 40 years and famously sank the putt that clinched victory for Europe in the 1985 Ryder Cup. A player on the team on eight occasions, winning four times, he also led the side to victory as captain in 2002. Since 2004 he has competed on the European Senior Tour, winning the Order of Merit in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
Wednesday 04 March 2015
WE GOT a huge indication of Padraig Harrington’s mindset when he was asked about the Ryder Cup captaincy in the run-up to Darren Clarke’s appointment last month.
Tuesday 24 February 2015
AS FAR as winning bonuses go, they don’t get much better than a Masters debut, which is what Anirban Lahiri effectively cemented with victory on home soil at the India Open on Sunday.
Tuesday 17 February 2015
IT WAS four years ago that Darren Clarke gave the ideal illustration of his Ryder Cup captaincy credentials with a peerless acceptance speech, having ended his wait for a Major by winning the Open at Royal St George’s.
Tuesday 10 February 2015
WHEN he burst onto the scene with two runners-up finishes at Majors four years ago, Australian Jason Day looked bound to quickly establish himself as one of the main players in world golf.
Tuesday 27 January 2015
TO HAVE won six European Tour titles at the age of 26 is impressive enough, but to have done so in the convincing manner that Branden Grace has is something else.
Tuesday 13 January 2015
BEFORE Sunday, Andy Sullivan was probably best known for shooting a hole in one at last year’s KLM Open in Holland that won him a flight into space from one of the tournament’s sponsors.
Tuesday 23 December 2014
Highlights from a vintage year and predictions for 2015
Tuesday 02 December 2014
IF JORDAN Spieth’s win on Sunday offered a glimpse of how the future of American golf may look, this week should offer further clues as to whether Tiger Woods is likely to be part of that landscape or if his phenomenal success is a thing of the pa
Tuesday 25 November 2014
TWELVE months ago Henrik Stenson played a brilliant approach to the 18th hole at the DP World Tour Championship to ensure he rounded off a landmark season with another victory.
Tuesday 18 November 2014
ACROSS the Atlantic they have talked of Brooks Koepka being a potential Major winner for some time. The Turkish Airlines Open may not be a Major, but as one of the European Tour’s biggest events the field is just about as good.
Tuesday 11 November 2014
LAST year Bubba Watson moved into Tiger Woods’s old mansion in Isleworth, Florida. Perhaps he found the former world No1’s swing notes in the cupboard, because he’s gone from strength to strength.
Tuesday 04 November 2014
FANTASTIC though Marcel Siem’s win at the BMW Masters in China was, I’m still finding it hard to understand how the German won in Shanghai – or, to be more precise, how Alexander Levy lost.
Tuesday 28 October 2014
HE MAY not have walked away with the trophy or the £155,000 first prize, but David Drysdale will have felt like the biggest winner at the Perth International on Sunday.
Tuesday 21 October 2014
HE DOESN’T always get the praise he deserves but I thought Mikko Ilonen was magnificent in winning the World Match Play title at the London Club in Kent last week.
Tuesday 07 October 2014
HALF a million pounds in prize money, a place at next month’s Race to Dubai finale plus a European Tour card for two years mean that Oliver Wilson’s long overdue win can already be called life-changing.
Tuesday 30 September 2014
I’D NORMALLY try to avoid talking about individuals after a magnificent team performance such as the one Europe delivered to beat the United States and win the Ryder Cup on Sunday.
Friday 26 September 2014
WE always say the previous Ryder Cup tussle will never be beaten. And while all the tournaments over the years have been magnificent in some form you will have to go some way to surpass Medinah two years ago.
Thursday 25 September 2014
FROM the opening tee shot tomorrow morning to the final putt on Sunday evening, virtually every golf fan in the world will not want to leave their television screens.
Tuesday 16 September 2014
IT is just ten days to the start of the Ryder Cup and while in some senses it’s fever pitch right now, it’s also a slight lull for everyone concerned.
Wednesday 03 September 2014
TO HAVE a Scot on Europe’s Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles is a great asset as the crowd will love it, and Stephen Gallacher’s selection as one of captain Paul McGinley’s three wildcard picks is certainly a wonderful story, but let’s be clear: he has
Tuesday 26 August 2014
IF STEPHEN Gallacher needs any further inspiration in his last-ditch attempt to qualify for a first Ryder Cup then he need look no further than fellow Briton Jamie Donaldson.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
THE RYDER Cup is less than six weeks away and, more importantly for a handful of European players, there are just two more weeks of competition in which to secure guaranteed qualification.
Tuesday 12 August 2014
WHEN Tiger Woods burst onto the scene in the 1990s, the American was the best player that we had ever seen. It’s no exaggeration to say Rory McIlroy, following successive Major wins and his return to world No1 ranking, has hit those same heights.
Tuesday 05 August 2014
RESURGENT Rory McIlroy’s return to world No1 ranking following back-to-back wins at the Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational have got people wondering: is the Northern Irishman back to his best? For me, he’s even better than ever.
Tuesday 29 July 2014
IT MAY not quite be up there with his two Masters wins, but Bernhard Langer’s utter dominance of the Senior Open Championship last week must rank alongside just about any of his other performances.