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 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.
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.