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.
Tuesday 15 April 2014
IT WAS the same outcome and the same setting as two years ago, but the manner in which Bubba Watson won the Masters at Augusta National on Sunday was very different.
Thursday 10 April 2014
OF ALL the courses I have played, I’ve never encountered one that changes more from the Wednesday to the Sunday than Augusta National.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
THE MASTERS can be devilishly difficult as a player and predicting a winner at Augusta isn’t easy either, with no shortage of candidates in with a chance of donning the green jacket on Sunday night.
Tuesday 01 April 2014
PERSEVERANCE is a huge part of golf, and few wins will illustrate that better than Australian Steven Bowditch’s maiden PGA Tour victory, at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.
Tuesday 25 March 2014
I THOUGHT that winning the Masters last year might have seen Adam Scott finally shake off his tendency to squander winning positions, but the latest signs are that it hasn’t.
Tuesday 18 March 2014
THE ACHIEVEMENT is remarkable in itself, but the way in which 17-year-old Charley Hull claimed her first title on the Ladies European Tour on Sunday was nothing short of awesome.
Tuesday 11 March 2014
IT’S a great privilege to be asked to be part of another European Ryder Cup team, and I thank Paul McGinley for making me a vice-captain and for his kind words.
Tuesday 04 March 2014
ABOUT this time of year, with five weeks until the Masters, you expect the world’s best players to be hitting their stride. Instead, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are showing some worrying signs.
Tuesday 18 February 2014
I LOVE match play golf and I believe crowds really enjoy it too, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s WGC Match Play Championship in Arizona. It’s a totally different contest to stroke play and you really get to see the guts of a competitor.
Tuesday 11 February 2014
WINNING that first big title can do wonders for a player, as one American is proving and a South African may be just about to discover.
Wednesday 05 February 2014
AN HISTORIC second successive title at the Dubai Desert Classic for Stephen Gallacher on Sunday could prove a boost not just for the Scot but also for Europe at this year’s Ryder Cup.
Tuesday 28 January 2014
WHEN conditions for golf are perfect it tends to mean the best individuals win, and that is why those tournaments held in the Middle East are enduringly popular among players.
Tuesday 21 January 2014
FORMER world No1 Rory McIlroy was justifiably annoyed at missing out on the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday because of a two-shot penalty, but the truth is that he had no one to blame but himself.
Tuesday 14 January 2014
ALL eyes will be on 2013’s indisputable star Henrik Stenson this weekend as the European Tour begins its Gulf Swing with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Wednesday 08 January 2014
A TREND of the last few years has been for one player to dominate on both sides of the Atlantic: Henrik Stenson in 2013, Rory McIlroy before that, and in the previous season Luke Donald.
Tuesday 26 November 2013
THE DUST has settled on the Race to Dubai but debate rages on over the format of the climax to the European Tour season.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
HENRIK Stenson’s win on Sunday was not just the culmination of an extraordinary run of form; it was the greatest performance in a tournament, tee to green, that I have ever witnessed.
Tuesday 12 November 2013
I CANNOT remember a European Tour season with so many players still in with a chance of scooping the order of merit as they prepare to tee off in the final event.
Tuesday 05 November 2013
ENGLAND’S Ian Poulter threw the kitchen sink at him but in the end Dustin Johnson held firm to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
ONE European player impressed me perhaps more than any other at last month’s Seve Trophy, so it was no surprise to see Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano win the BMW Championship in China at the weekend.
Wednesday 16 October 2013
AFTER seeing David Lynn so ill last week, I didn’t imagine he would even make it to the Algarve, let alone win the Portugal Masters.
Tuesday 08 October 2013
I’M OFTEN asked whether today’s golfers have as much fun on the tours as we used to.
Tuesday 01 October 2013
THIS week’s column comes from France, where I’m excited to be preparing my Great Britain and Ireland team to face Europe in the Seve Trophy.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
WHAT an incredible turn of fortune Sweden’s Henrik Stenson completed on Sunday and who can begrudge him the FedEx Cup and its bumper winners’ cheque?
Wednesday 18 September 2013
THE BMW Championship may have ended a day late due to bad weather but there’s not too much wrong with Zach Johnson’s timing as the finale to golf’s richest competition arrives this week.