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 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.
Monday 21 July 2014
A WEEK ago I wasn’t sure that Rory McIlroy was ready to win his third Major but he blew away concerns with two blistering opening rounds and barely looked back.
Friday 18 July 2014
IT’S A case of so far, so good for Rory McIlroy, but this is a player who has developed an unfortunate habit of starting brilliantly only to scupper his chances on the second day.
Thursday 17 July 2014
A FEW weeks ago I was asked who my tip was for the Open. At the time I thought Graeme McDowell, and the only reason to doubt that prediction now is that he won in France two weeks ago, so you wonder whether he could have peaked too early.
Tuesday 15 July 2014
ACCOLADES for British golf courses do not come much higher than a place on the Open Championship rota, so that speaks volumes for the quality of Hoylake, where the year’s third Major begins on Thursday.
Tuesday 08 July 2014
GRAEME McDowell’s success at the Open de France was not just a long-awaited and deserved personal triumph, it was also brilliant news for the European Ryder Cup team.
Tuesday 01 July 2014
ONE OF the greatest compliments you can pay Justin Rose is that it comes as no surprise whatsoever when he wins another title, as he did on Sunday in the National at Congressional.
Tuesday 24 June 2014
BRADLEY Neil may not be a name familiar to many readers but it might just be one to remember after he claimed the British Amateur Championship on Sunday.
Tuesday 17 June 2014
NOT since the height of Tiger Woods’s dominance have we seen a Major victory as extraordinary as Martin Kaymer’s eight-shot win at the US Open on Sunday.
Tuesday 10 June 2014
LIKE most of the Majors, the US Open is set up to be very fair, and that means accurate driving is a must for would-be winners.
Tuesday 03 June 2014
HIDEKI Matsuyama and Thongchai Jaidee made the golf headlines with wins at the weekend but just beneath the surface there were signs that the big names are shaping up for the US Open.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
RORY McIlroy is a former world No1, a mega star, so it should never be a surprise to see him win. The shock element was that he did so from seven shots behind Thomas Bjorn going into the final round at Wentworth.
Tuesday 20 May 2014
The main emotion I felt was awe when watching Miguel Angel Jimenez extend his own record for the oldest man to win on the European Tour and the first to do so in his 50s.
Tuesday 13 May 2014
MARTIN Kaymer is one of those gifted players who found superstardom at a very young age, in his case by winning the USPGA Championship, but decided to try to improve by remodelling his game.
Tuesday 06 May 2014
ANOTHER solid performance from Justin Rose last week makes me think he could be ready to mount a challenge at the fifth Major, The Players Championship, which tees off on Thursday.
Tuesday 29 April 2014
A PLAYER I regard as undoubtedly the best prospect I have seen for some time took a huge step on Sunday by claiming his first victory on the PGA Tour.
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.