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.
THE DUST has settled on the Race to Dubai but debate rages on over the format of the climax to the European Tour season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’M OFTEN asked whether today’s golfers have as much fun on the tours as we used to.
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.
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?
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.
I WILL have mixed emotions watching the top British players try to qualify for the final round of the FedEx Cup play-offs this week, because if they don’t make it then I can include them in my Seve Trophy team for next month!
NORTHERN Ireland’s Graeme McDowell is a prime example of the journey young players can begin at the ISPS Handa Wales Open, which tees off today at Celtic Manor.
THE LAST decade has been a golden one for European golf, with the successes of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington among the highlights, but the good news is it just seems to be getting better.
JASON Dufner was just too good for everyone this week. He shot a course record 63 in the second round at Oak Hill, but you don’t win the US PGA Championship on a Friday. He won it because he played so magnificently on Sunday.
THAT was Tiger Woods at his best. He was absolutely magnificent in winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by seven shots at Firestone at the weekend.
OPEN champion Phil Mickelson looks set to be the centre of attention once again this week when he returns to action at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
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RECENT numbers suggest that playing this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart is a very useful preparation for winning the Open, but I don’t think it’s that simple.
AS FAR as warm-ups for this month’s Open Championship go, they don’t come much better or more appropriate than the Alstom Open de France, which starts tomorrow.
OPEN champion Ernie Els is a class act and he provided a timely reminder, with the tournament just three weeks away, by claiming his first title of the year at the BMW International Open in Munich on Sunday.
THE FIRST round draw at the US Open pits the first, second and third favourites for the tournament together – in Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott – but I can’t look past Matt Kuchar to pick up his first Major this week.