Bob Torrance, longtime golf coach and father of European Tour star Sam Torrance, was a beloved figure on the practice range for many decades.
The buoyant mood at the Open Championship was broken a bit on Friday when European Tour star Sam Torrance revealed that his father, longtime golf coach Bob Torrance, had died at age 82.
"Sad day my dad just passed away peacefully in his sleep," Torrance said on Twitter. Bob Torrance had been battling cancer.
Torrance was a disciple of Ben Hogan, and on several occasions visited Hogan at his home in Texas. He worked with a number of Europe's top players, including his son – who won 21 times on the European Tour and played on eight Ryder Cup teams – as well as Ireland's Paul McGinley and, more recently, Padraig Harrington, whom he coached to all three of his major championships.
"Bob is the best swing coach in the world," Harrington said after winning his third major at the 2008 Open Championship. "You can see his genius in the way he can analyze any swing. He's spent his whole life examining the golf swing and his knowledge of cause and effect is just incredible."
He was also quite a character on the range and, not surprisingly, many players and fellow instructors took to social media to express their respect and condolences. Here is a sampling of the outpouring:
Sergio Garcia: Very sad to hear the passing of the true golf coaching legend Bob Torrance today! Our best wishes and love to June & Sam at this time #RIPBob
Luke Donald: Bob Torrance lived and breathed golf, a true gentlemen admired by all, he will be missed. Thoughts with June and Sam at this time #RIPBob
Justin Rose: Really sad to hear the passing of Bob Torrance. Always stopped to chat with him and his wife June. Great people
Graeme McDowell: The golfing world lost a legend today #RIP
Maarten Lafeber: Sad to hear that Bob Torrance passed away. What a nice man he was and a great coach!! RIP Bob
Simon Khan: So sad to hear news of Bob great character and legend of the range condolences to June and @torrancesam
Thomas Levet: @torrancesam dear Sam, your dad was a legend, we will all miss him ..all my wishes to you and your beautiful family, RIP Bob ..
Peter Kostis: @torrancesam Sam... I'm so sorry for your loss. Bob was a one of a kind legend. He and June were a special couple. Condolences, Peter
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño: Sorry to hear about Bob Torrance. Golf legend and a true gentleman. My thoughts are with you @torrancesam. As he used to say: #AdiosAmigo
Simon Dyson: So sad to hear about bob Torrance passing away..the range on tour will never be the same..:(
Marc Warren: @torrancesam ur dad dedicated his life and soul to the game we love.We're all forever in his debt, there will never be another like him #rip
Darren Clarke: Very sad news about Bob Torrance. Spent many hours on the range with him up in Largs. I would not be where I am today without Bob. #RIPBOB
Pablo Larrazabal: Sad news for all the world of golf about our friend Bob Torrance... #RIPBob #thanks
Soren Hansen: Just heard we sadly lost one of golfs great today. Rip Mr Torrance. Thanks for showing the way in my early years on tour. #Legend #1
Claude Harmon III: Sadly, we lost a legend today. RIP Bob Torrance.