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Sam Torrance

  • Birthplace: Largs, Scotland
  • Residence: Wentworth, England
  • Birthdate: August 23, 1953
  • Age: 52
  • Turned Pro: 1970

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Player Notes

Fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he finished Number One in Europe for the first time in his long career, having topped the 2005 European Seniors Tour Order of Merit ahead of Carl Mason and Des Smyth. Recorded three wins - at the Irvine Whitlock Seniors Classic, the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship and the Bendinat London Seniors Masters - plus six other top-five finishes during a year that saw him amass €277,421 in prize money. Joined the Seniors Tour after turning 50 in August 2003 and needed just six starts before notching his first victory, closing with a ten under par 62 to capture the Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Wentworth Club in 2004 which, at the time, matched the lowest round carded on the European Seniors Tour. It was a hugely satisfying victory as it came a short time after he announced he had decided to stop playing in America and focus on playing in Europe so that he could spend more time with his family. Captained the European Ryder Cup Team to victory in The Ryder Cup at The De Vere Belfry in 2002, 17 years after holing the winning putt at the same venue which ended a 28 year drought in the event. Became the first golfer in European Tour history to notch up 600 tournaments in the 1998 Trophee Lanc?me. Started under guidance of his father, Bob - his one and only coach - at Rossendale in Lancashire before his father returned to Scotland at Largs in Ayrshire. Left school at 13, turned professional at 16, started out on Tour aged 17 and took nine events to make first cut. Won events in the last three decades, the most recent of his 21 European Tour titles being Peugeot Open de France in 1998 after hitting a seven wood 'stiff' at the 71st hole. An early pioneer of the broom handle putter. Awarded MBE in 1996 for services to golf and the OBE in the 2003 New Year Honours List for his inspired Captaincy of Europe's Ryder Cup Team. Won the team event at the 2003 Dunhill links championship at St Andrews in partnership with his son Daniel. He was a member of the 1981, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93 & '95 Ryder Cup Team and will be toasted forever as the man who holed the winning putt in the Ryder Cup at Belfry in 1985. He was also the first big name pro on the European Tour to switch to the 48 inch "broom handle" putter after problems putting in 1988. Has used it every year since

Career Victories

European Seniors Tour
4 - 2004 Travis Perkins Senior Masters, 2005 Bendinat London Seniors Masters, De Vere PGA Seniors Championship & Irvine Whitlock Seniors Classic.

European Tour
22 - 1976 Piccadilly Medal, Martini International, 1981 Irish Open, 1982 Spanish Open, Portuguese Open, 1983 Scandinavian Enterprise Open, Portuguese Open, 1984 Tunisian Open, Benson & Hedges International, Sanyo Open, 1985 Monte Carlo Open, 1987 Italian Open, 1990 German Masters, 1991 Jersey European Airways Open, 1993 Kronenbourg Open, Heineken Open Catalonia, Scottish PGA Championship, Honda Open, 1995 Italian Open, Irish Open, Collingtree British Masters, 1998 Peugeot Open de France.

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Career Summary

1990 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 25; top ten finishes - 4; stroke average 71.21 (ranked 22nd); money £248,203 (ranked 7th); won German Masters...

1991 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 19; top ten finishes - 8; stroke average 71.76 (ranked 30th); money £206,592 (ranked 16th); winner Jersey European Airways Open...

1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 17; top ten finishes - 3; stroke average 71.65 (ranked 41st); money £84,488 (ranked 62nd); best finish, T-4th Portuguese Open...

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 25; top ten finishes - 8; stroke average 71.18 (ranked 17th); money £421,328 (ranked 5th); winner Kronenbourg Open, Heineken Open Catalonia & Honda Open.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 18; top ten finishes - 8; stroke average 70.83 (ranked 13th); money £186,044 (ranked 22nd); best finish T-3rd, European Masters.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 5; top ten finishes - 1; stroke average 71.85; money $123,492 (ranked 136th); best finish 3rd, Freeport-McMoRan Classic.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; top ten finishes - 12; stroke average 70.28 (ranked 3rd); money £755,706 (ranked 2nd); winner, Murphy's Irish Open, Italian Open & Collingtree British Masters.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Played in two tournaments that counted on the PGA Tour, T-11th in the British Open and T-23rd at the PGA Championship - money $56,970 (ranked 194th).

1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 15; top ten finishes - 3; stroke average 71.80 (ranked 34th); money £228,692 (ranked 22nd); best finish 2nd, Canon European Masters, T-2nd Volvo Masters.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 2; top ten finishes - 0; money $41,454 (ranked 204th); best finish T-16th, U.S. Open.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; top ten finishes - 3; stroke average 71.79 (ranked 74th); money £115,434 (ranked 97th); best finish 2nd, Canon European Masters, T-6th One 2 One British Masters.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; in money - 2; top ten finishes - 0; money $18,985 (ranked 242nd); best finish T-39th, Masters.

1998 Notes
Credit for one start on the PGA Tour in 1998 and that was his T-24th finish at the British Open.

1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 20; top ten finishes - 5; stroke average 70.80 (ranked 11th); money £286,807 (ranked 14th); winner, Peugeot Open de France.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 72.41 (105th); €Euro 123,355 or £88,111 (ranked 93rd); best finish T4th, Canon European Masters.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 72.06 (ranked 80th); €Euro 180,603 or £107,409 (ranked 87th); best finish T6th, Linde German Masers.

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 72.71 (ranked 183rd); €Euro 41,450 or £25,772 (ranked 180th); best finish T37th, Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.34 (ranked 54th); €Euro 268,771 or £171,372 (ranked 85th); best finish 3rd, Diageo Scottish PGA Championship.

2003 Notes
Earned fully-exempt status for 2004 on the Champions Tour by finishing T6, along with Fred Gibson, at the Champions Tour's National Qualifying Tournament near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 9; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 72.96 (ranked N/A); €Euro 42,820 or £29,854 (ranked 180th); best finish T21st, BMW Asian Open.

2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Only played in three events, T60th in Open de Madrid, missed cut in Dunhill Championship and T45th in the Heritage. played in four Senior events winning the Travis Perkins Senior Masters.

2005 European Seniors Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; top-10 finishes - 10; Euro €277,421 (ranked 1st); winner, Bendinat London Seniors Masters, De Vere PGA Seniors Championship & Irvine Whitlock Seniors Classic.

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