Date of Birth - 24 August 1953

Place of Birth - Largs, Scotland

Turned Pro - 1970

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European Tour Profile - Sam Torrance

Sam Torrance OBE was one of the leading players on the European Tour

 from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s, with 21 Tour wins. Torrance was a

member of European Ryder Cup teams on eight occasions, from 1981 to

 1995 consecutively; he was on Cup-winning teams in 1985, 1987, 1989,

 and 1995. He was the winning non-playing captain of the European Ryder

 Cup team in 2002. Torrance was honoured with the MBE (1996) and OBE

 (2003), for his outstanding contributions to golf.

Torrance turned professional at age 16, and joined the European Tour at

 17. He achieved his first professional win in 1972, and won the Sir Henry

 Cotton Award as Rookie of the Year that season. He recorded his first

 European Tour win in 1976. He won 21 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 career appearances on the European Tour,

 with over 700 events played at the close of the 2008 season. During his

 prime Torrance was known for long driving and accurate short iron play,

 often played in a daring style.

Torrance was also an early pioneer of the broomhandle putter. After a

 disappointing 1988 season on the greens, Torrance experimented with the

 long putter that was already being used successfully in the U.S. He

 debuted his version, which anchored on the chin rather than the midriff,

 at the 1989 Jersey Open and subsequently finished in the top five. He has

 used it relatively successfully ever since.

In 2003, upon turning 50, 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, from 1981 to

1995 consecutively; the Cup is contested every two years. In 1985 he sank

 the winning putt, which deprived the Americans of the trophy for the first

 time in 28 years. He also was a member of Cup-winning teams in 1987

 (first-ever win for Europe on American soil), 1989, and 1995. In 2002, 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).


Ryder Cup  1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995

Alfred Dunhill Cup  985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999

World Cup  1976, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995

Four Tours World Championship 1985, 1991

Hennessy Cognac Cup  976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984

Double Diamond 1973, 1976, 1977

UBS Cup  2001, 2002, 2003

1972  Radici Open (Italy)

1972  Under-25 Match Play Championship

1975  Zambia Open

1976  Piccadilly Medal

1976  Martini International

1978  Scottish Professional Championship

1979  Colombian Open

1980  Australian PGA Championship

1980  Scottish Professional Championship

1981  Carroll's Irish Open

1982  Benson & Hedges Spanish Open

1982  Portuguese Open

1983  Scandinavian Enterprise Open

1983  Portuguese Open

1983  Scottish PGA Championship

1984  Tunisian Open

1984  Benson & Hedges International Open

1984  Sanyo Open

1985  Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open

1985  Scottish Professional Championship

1987  Lancia Italian Open

1990  Mercedes German Masters

1991  Jersey European Airways Open

1991  Scottish Professional Championship

1993  Kronenbourg Open

1993  Heineken Open

1993  Honda Open

1993  Scottish Professional Championship

1995  Italian Open

1995  Murphy's Irish Open

1995  Collingtree British Masters

1998  Peugeot Open de France

2004  Travis Perkins Senior Masters

2005  Irvine Whitlock Seniors Classic,

2005  De Vere PGA Seniors Championship

2005   Bendinat London Seniors Masters

2006  Sharp Italian Seniors Open

2006  AIB Irish Seniors Open

2006  PGA Seniors Championship

2006  Scottish Seniors Open

2006  Hassan II Golf Trophy

2007  Bendinat London Seniors Masters

2008  OKI Castellón Open España - Senior Tour Championship

2009  DGM Barbados Open

Tour bag used by Sam Torrance

Tour bag used by Sam Torrance

Slazenger K1 Fast driver used by Sam Torrance

TaylorMade R7 5 wood used by Sam Torrance

Odyssey White Hot Putter Putter used by Sam Torrance

Donated by Sam’s Dad, Bob Torrnace

Sam Torrance’s caddie’s bib from the 1987 Italian Open

Sam Torrance’s caddie’s bib from the 1995 Ryder Cup

Sam Torrance’s caddie’s bib from the 1995 Dunhill Cup

Personal Rain top worn by Sam Torrance

Visor worn and signed by Sam Torrance

1999 European Ryder Cup Team issue hat signed by Sam Torrance

Glove worn and signed by Sam Torrance

Ball used and signed by Sam Torrance

Personal logo golf ball of Sam Torrance

This is the third round scorecard of Sam Torrance when he won the 1980

The Mayne Nickless PGA Championship of Australia. Marker unknown.

Australian PGA win still No.1 for Torrance

Sam Torrance rattles off the final holes of his historic 1980 Australian PGA

 Championship triumph like he is checking items off a shopping list.

I remember quite a lot about it, Torrance said of the 1980 championship.

In a career littered with highlights, including his crafty captaining of Europe

 to victory in the 2002 Ryder Cup, Torrance still rates that 1980 Australian

 PGA win as the pinnacle.

I still regard that as my best individual win, no question, he said.

Great golf course, (Seve) Ballesteros and (Greg) Norman in their heyday.

It was good.

Sam Torrance’s 1st Round scorecard from the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic

Marked and signed by Eamon Darcy and Ian Matthews

Sam Torrance’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic

Marked and signed by Jose-Maria Canizares and Ken Jaffa

Sam Torrance’s 3rd Round scorecard from the 1981 Bob Hope British Classic

Marked and signed by Jose-Maria Canizares and Ken Jaffa

Original Oil Painting of Sam Torrance by Joe Austen

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Original caricature of Sam Torrance by Malky McCormick

Official Programme from Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf match between

 Sam Torrance and Curtis Strange at Carnegie Bay 29 June 2001

Official Programme from Exhibition Match between Sam Torrance,

David Huish, John Panton and Bob Jamieson at Dunblane Golf Club 1977

‘Sam - The Autobiography’ written by Sam Torrance (signed)

‘Out Of Bounds’ written by Sam Torrance (signed)

‘An Enduring Passion - My Ryder Cup Years’ written by Sam Torrance

‘Golf The Torrance Way’ written by Bob Torrance (signed)

Official Postage Stamp from Tadjikstan featuring Sam Torrance

Sam Torrance Pro Set Card