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Sam Torrance
Personal information
Full name Sam Torrance OBE
Born 24 August 1953 (1953-08-24) (age 56)
Largs, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Virginia Water, England
Spouse Suzanne Danielle (m.1988)
Children Daniel, Phoebe, Anouska
Career
Turned professional 1970
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 43
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 21 (9th all time)
European Seniors Tour 11
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters T31: 1985
U.S. Open T16: 1996
Open Championship 5th: 1981
PGA Championship T23: 1995
Achievements and awards
Officer of the Most
Excellent Order of
the British Empire
2003
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1972

Sam Torrance OBE (born 24 August 1953) is a Scottish golfer who was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s and was the winning non-playing captain of the European Ryder Cup team in 2002.

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Life and career

Torrance turned professional at sixteen and joined the European Tour at seventeen. He achieved his first professional win in 1972 and his first European Tour win in 1976. He won twenty-one times on the European Tour; only fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie has accumulated more European Tour titles without winning one of golf's four major championships. His best finish on the European Tour Order of Merit was second, which he achieved in 1984 and 1995. In total he finished in the top ten on the list ten times. He holds the record for the most appearances on the European Tour, with over 700 events played at the close of the 2008 season. In 2003 Torrance became eligible to play in senior tournaments and he picked up his first win on the European Seniors Tour in 2004. He finished first on the European Seniors Tour's Order of Merit in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Torrance played for Europe in the Ryder Cup eight times. In 1985 he sank the winning putt which deprived the Americans of the trophy for the first time in twenty-eight years. Seventeen years later he was the non-playing captain on the European team which won the 2002 Cup at The Belfry. This made him the second European Captain to sink the winning putt and Captain a winning team at separate Ryder Cups, after Seve Ballesteros in 1987 (as a player) and 1997 (as Captain).

Torrance married English actress Suzanne Danielle in 1988. They have 3 children.

He was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to golf and an OBE in the 2003 New Year Honours List for his captaincy of Europe's Ryder Cup team.

On 17 March 2008 Torrance filmed for A Question of Sport, a show he has been on numerous times. Starring alongside Sharron Davies and team captain Phil Tufnell they made history by achieving the first ever perfect score on A Question of Sport. Torrance's contribution was vital for team success going for the tricky "away" question and also providing the quip "chalk-strap".

Sam Torrance along with Kelly Tilghman provide commentary for Tiger Woods 2009 on the Xbox 360.

Professional wins (43)

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European Tour wins (21)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 15 May 1976 Piccadilly Medal 3&2 Australia Bob Shearer
2 12 Jun 1976 Martini International -8 (69-67-71-73=280) 2 strokes England Tommy Horton
3 16 Aug 1981 Carroll's Irish Open -12 (68-67-69-72=276) 5 strokes England Nick Faldo
4 3 Aug 1982 Benson & Hedges Spanish Open -15 (71-65-67-70=273) 8 strokes England Roger Chapman, Scotland Sandy Lyle,
Wales Ian Woosnam
5 7 Nov 1982 Portuguese Open -9 (71-67-69=207) 4 strokes England Nick Faldo
6 3 Jul 1983 Scandinavian Enterprise Open -8 (73-69-68-70=280) 1 stroke United States Craig Stadler
7 6 Nov 1983 Portuguese Open -2 (72-73-71-70=286) 3 strokes England Chris Moody
8 15 Apr 1984 Tunisian Open -6 (66-71-75-70=282) 1 stroke England Brian Waites
9 19 Aug 1984 Benson & Hedges International Open -18 (63-68-70-69=270) 1 stroke Australia Wayne Grady
10 23 Sep 1984 Sanyo Open -7 (71-69-70-71=281) Playoff Republic of Ireland Des Smyth
11 30 Jun 1985 Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open -12 (69-63-62-70=264) 1 stroke Japan Isao Aoki
12 3 May 1987 Lancia Italian Open -17 (64-68-71-68=271) Playoff Spain José Rivero
13 7 Oct 1990 Mercedes German Masters -16 (70-65-64-73=272) 3 strokes Germany Bernhard Langer, Wales Ian Woosnam
14 14 Apr 1991 Jersey European Airways Open -9 (68-69-69-73=279) 1 stroke England Mark Davis
15 28 Mar 1993 Kronenbourg Open -4 (69-68-73-74=284) 1 stroke Scotland Mike Miller
16 25 Apr 1993 Heineken Open -15 (71-63-67=201) 2 strokes United States Jay Townsend
17 13 Jun 1993 Honda Open -10 (68-69-68-73=278) Playoff England Paul Broadhurst, Sweden Johan Rystrom,
Wales Ian Woosnam
18 7 May 1995 Italian Open -19 (69-70-63-67=269) 2 strokes Spain José Rivero
19 9 Jul 1995 Murphy's Irish Open -11 (68-68-70-71=277) Playoff England Stuart Cage, England Howard Clark
20 17 Sep 1995 Collingtree British Masters -18 (67-66-68-69=270) 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell
21 28 Jun 1998 Peugeot Open de France -12 (64-70-72-70=276) 2 strokes France Olivier Edmond, Italy Massimo Florioli,
Australia Mathew Goggin, Germany Bernhard Langer

Other wins (11)

European Seniors Tour wins (11)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T46 CUT CUT T19 CUT CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T31 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T38 5 12 T53 T9 T16 T21 T50 T48 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP T33 DNP CUT T39 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP T21 DNP T16 DNP DNP CUT DNP
The Open Championship T39 T44 CUT T51 CUT T11 CUT CUT T23 DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP T30 T23 CUT T45 DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Team appearances

  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1981, 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied and retained trophy), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 2002 (non-playing captain of winning team)
  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Scotland): 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995 (winning team), 1999
  • World Cup (representing Scotland): 1976, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995
  • Four Tours World Championship: 1985, 1991 (winners, captain)
  • Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1976 (winners), 1978 (winners), 1980 (winners), 1982 (winners), 1984
  • Double Diamond: 1973 (winners), 1976, 1977
  • UBS Cup: 2001, 2002, 2003

See also

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