Who's who in golf - Sam Torrance

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Name: - Sam Torrance
Country: - Scotland
Born : - August 24th, 1953 in Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland.
Original Home/Club: - Largs, Ayrshire.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; TV commentator and course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1970 (age 16)
Web Address: - http://www.samtorrance.com

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1981, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95). Ryder Cup captain (2002). Total professional wins (43, to date), of which European Tr (21) and European Snr Tr (11). European Tr Rookie of the Year (1972). European Snr Tr Order of Merit winner (2005). Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (1996) and Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE (2003).

Golf course design

Torrance's best known design is the Torrance course, Fairmont St Andrews. A second course at The Dutch in the Netherlands will be a Torrance Design.

Did you know?

The son of famous club professional and instructor Bob Torrance, Sam established himself as a gifted golfer at an early age, turning professional aged 16 and joining the European Tour at 17. He won 21 times on the European Tour, played in eight Ryder Cups and captained the Europeans to a Ryder Cup victory at The Belfry in 1992.

Top tournaments won by Sam Torrance

2009Snr EuropeBarbados OpenRoyal Westmoreland202 (-14)€25,234
Played as the DGM Barbados Open (March 18-20; Eurpn Snr Tr event). Second-placed Angel Franco (Paraguay) finished 4 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [Royal Westmoreland, St James, Barbados].
2009Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr€170,696see Score
Torrance (Scot) won his third Eurpn Snr Tr Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with 2009 season earnings of €170,696 on the Tour. Second on the Ian Woosnam (Wales) was second with €167,316; Carl Mason (Eng) was third with €157,918.
2008Snr EuropeTour Championship (Eurpn Snrs)Mediterraneo203 (-13)€64,433
Played as the OKI Castellon Open Espana - Seniors Tour Championship (Nov 7-9; Eurpn Snr Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Angel Fernandez (Chi) and Katsuyoshi Tomori (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Torrance (Scot), who recorded his tenth European Senior Tour win. [GC Mediterraneo, Castellon, Spain].
2007Snr EuropeLondon Snr MastersLondon GC, The206 (-10)€33,274
Played as the Bendinat London Seniors Masters (June 22-24). Second-placed Jose Rivero (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot). [London GC, Ash, Kent, England].
2006Men EuropeHassan II TrophyRoyal Dar Es Salam
Played as the Hassan II Trophy (Feb 24-27; unofficial limited-field event). 53-year-old Torrance (Scot) beat Raphaël Jacquelin (Fra) in a playoff. [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].
2006Snr EuropeIrish Snr OpenFota Island207 (-6)€63,000
Played as the AIB Irish Seniors Open in association with Greenstar & Fáilte Ireland (June 2-4). Torrance (Scot) beat Jerry Bruner (USA) at the second playoff hole to win back-to-back European Snr Tour events. Guillermo Encina (Chile) and Stewart Ginn (Aus) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Fota Island GC, Cork, Ireland].
2006Snr EuropeItalian Snr OpenVenezia GC205 (-11)€26,250
Played as the Sharp Italian Seniors Open (May 19-21). Eamonn Darcy (Ire) finished 4 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [Venezia GC, Lido di Venezia, Veneto].
2006Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr€347,525see Score
Torrance (Scot) won his second straight Eurpn Snr Tr Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with 2006 season earnings of €347,525 on the Tour. Carl Mason (Eng) was second with €268,453; Jose Rivero (Spain) was third with €233,374.
2006Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipStoke by Nayland268 (-20)€48,936
Played as the PGA Seniors Championship (50th) (Aug 25-28). Second-placed Luis Carbonetti (Arg) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Torrance (Scot). [Gainsborough course, Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, nr Colchester, Essex].
2006Snr EuropeScottish Snr OpenDalmahoy213 (-3)€44,374
Played as the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open (Sept 1-3). Second-placed Bill Longmuir (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot). [East course, Dalmahoy Hotel & CC, Midlothian].
2005Snr EuropeJersey Snr OpenLa Moye205 (-11)€26,674
Played as the Irvine Whitlock Seniors Classic (June 10-12). Second-placed David J. Russell (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
2005Snr EuropeLondon Snr MastersLondon GC, The201 (-15)€33,223
Played as the Bendinat London Seniors Masters (Sept 23-25). Second-placed David J. Russell (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [London GC, Ash, Kent, England].
2005Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr€277,420see Score
Torrance (Scot) won the Eurpn Snr Tr 2005 Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with earnings of €277,420 on the Tour. Carl Mason (Eng) was second with €257,113; Des Smyth (Ire) was third with €229,514.
2005Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipCarden Park271 (-17)€48,345
Played as the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship (Aug 4-7). Second-placed David J. Russell (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [Nicklaus course, Carden Park, Cheshire].
2004Snr EuropeWentworth Snr MastersWentworth Club203 (-13)€50,765
Played as the Travis Perkins Senior Masters (Aug 13-15). Second-placed Seiji Ebihara (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Snr Tour winner Torrance (Scot). [Edinburgh course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1998Men EuropeFrench OpenGolf National276 (-12)£83,330
Played as the Peugeot Open de France (June 25-28). Second-placed Olivier Edmond (Fra), Mathew Goggin (Aus), Massimo Florioli (Italy) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 2 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
1995Men EuropeBritish MastersCollingtree Park270 (-18)£108,330
Played as the Collingtree British Masters. Second-placed Michael Campbell (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot). [Collingtree Park GC, Northampton, Northants].
1995Men EuropeIrish OpenMount Juliet277 (-11)£111,107
Played as Murphy's Irish Open. Torrance (Scot) beat Howard Clark (Eng) at the second playoff hole, where Torrance's eagle trumped Clark's birdie. Stuart Cage (Eng) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Mount Juliet GC, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland].
1995Men EuropeItalian OpenLe Rovedine269 (-19)£61,716
Played as the Conte of Florence Italian Open. Second-placed Jose Rivero (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [GC Le Rovedine, Opera, nr Milan, Italy].
1993Men EuropeCatalan OpenOsona Montanya201£50,000
Played as the Heineken Open de Catalonia. Second-placed Jay Townsend finished 3-strokes behind Torrance (Scot). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather.
1993Men EuropeHonda OpenGut Kaden278 (-10)£83,330
Played as the Honda Open (June 10-13). Torrance (Scot) beat Paul Broadhurst (Eng), Ian Woosnam (Wales) and Johan Rystrom (Swe) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Gut Kaden G&LC, Alveslohe, nr Hamburg].
1993Men EuropeKronenbourg OpenGardagolf CC284 (-4)£33,330
Played as the first (and only) Kronenbourg Open (March 25-28). Second-placed Mike Miller (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot). [Gardagolf CC, Soiano del Lago, nr Brescia, Lake Garda].
1991Men EuropeJersey OpenLa Moye279 (-9)£33,330
Played as the Jersey European Airways Open. Second-placed Mark Davis (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot). [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
1990Men EuropeGerman MastersStuttgarter GC272 (-16)£75,000
Played as the Mercedes German Masters. Second-placed Ian Woosnam (Wales) and defending champion Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 3 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [Stuttgarter GC Solitude, Mönsheim, nr Stuttgart].
1987Men EuropeItalian OpenMonticello271 (-17)£23,507
Played as the Lancia Italian Open. Torrance (Scot) beat Jose Rivero (Esp) with a par at the sixth playoff hole. [Red course, GC Monticello, Cassina Rizzardi, nr Como].
1985Men EuropeMonte Carlo OpenMonte Carlo GC264£20,790
Played as the Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open. Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot).
1984Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenFulford270 (-18)£20,000
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open. Second-placed Wayne Grady (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot). [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
1984Men EuropeSanyo OpenEl Prat281£16,660
Played as the Sanyo Open. Torrance (Scot) beat Des Smyth (Ire) in a sudden-death playoff.
1984Men EuropeTunisian OpenEl Kantaoui282£10,830
Played as the Tunisian Open. Second-placed Brian Waites (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Torrance (Scot). [El Kantaoui Golf Intl, nr Sousse, Tunisia].
1983Men EuropePortugal OpenTroia286 (-2)£7,500
Played as the Portuguese Open. Second-placed Chris Moody (Eng) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Torrance (Scot). [Troia Golf, Carvahal, nr Setubal, Portugal].
1983Men EuropeScand Ent'prise OpenUllna GC280£14,251
Played as the Scandanavian Enterprise Open. Won by Sam Torrance (Scot).
1982Men EuropePortugal OpenPenina207 (-12)£7,000
Played as the Portuguese Open (not played 1980 and 1981). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 4 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Torrance (Scot). Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Penina Resort, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal].
1982Men EuropeSpanish OpenRSHE Club de Campo273 (-15)£8,578
Played as the Benson & Hedges Spanish Open. Second-placed Roger Chapman (Eng), Sandy Lyle (Scot) and Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 8 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [North course, Real (Royal) Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo, Madrid].
1981Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock276 (-12)£13,328
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1980Men Aus/NZAustralian PGARoyal Melbourne282x
Played as the Mayne Nickless Australian PGA Ch'ship. Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished in second place behind Torrance (Scot).
1979Men AmericaColombian OpenCali CC273 (-11)
Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by Torrance (Scot). [CC of Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia].
1976Men EuropeMartini Intl.Ashburnham280 (-8)£2,500
Played as the Martini International. Second-placed Tommy Horton (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Torrance (Scot). [Ashburnham GC, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, S Wales].
1976Men EuropePiccadilly MedalCoventry GC277£6,000
Played as the Piccadilly Medal (72-hole stroke play format). Second-placed Bob Shearer (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Torrance (Scot), who recorded his first win on the European Tour. [Coventry GC, Finham, Coventry, Warwicks].
1972Men AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Tr1,211.5 pts£1,731
Torrance (Scot) won the European Tour 1972 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Torrance finished 37th on the Tour's (points-based) Order of Merit; he won £1,731 in prize money during the season.


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