Sam Torrance not interested in captaining Europe at Ryder Cup

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Sam Torrance has revealed that he is not interested in becoming the European Ryder Cup captain for the second time.

Torrance led Europe to victory in the 2002 Ryder Cup at The Belfry with Paul McGinley's 10 foot putt in his singles match with Jim Furyk winning the decisive half point in a 16.5-11.5 win.

Twelve years later and Torrance assisted McGinley as they led Europe to a convincing 15.5-12.5 victory at Gleneagles.

But the 61-year old has admitted that he wouldn't be a suitable candidate to take over from McGinley and captain the European side in two years time. Torrance feels that his absence playing on the European Tour means that he shouldn't be considered for the job.

“It has not reignited my urge to captain Europe again,” Torrance told Sky Sports.

Not the right man

“The most important criteria for Ryder Cup captain is to be the best man for the job and I am 100 per cent not the right man for the job.

“I think – and have always thought – that you still have to be playing on tour and creating a bond with the players throughout the two years of your captaincy.

“I would love to captain again but I wouldn’t accept it for those reasons.”

As well as captaining the side to victory, Torrance played in eight Ryder Cups winning in 1985, 1987 and 1995. He also played in the 14-14 tie with America in 1989 which saw them retain the trophy.


Torrance admitted that he thought his involvement in the Ryder Cup was over after he had skippered to side to victory in 2002 but was honoured to be asked by McGinley for assistance.

“I don’t think it gets better than winning the Ryder Cup as a captain, but winning this year was incredible,” said Torrance.

“I thought my time was over having last been involved 12 years ago, so to be asked back into the fold by Paul was special.

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Despite being a veteran of the sport and having plenty of Ryder Cup experience, Torrance feels that the quality of golf during this year's event was at a level he hadn't seen before.


“But what was even more special was to be inside the ropes to see these players play the wonderful game of golf.

“They played it so magnificently that it’s not a game I’m familiar with!”

Europe had many stand-out performers over the weekend at Gleneagles, most notably Justin Rose who won three and halved two of his five matches.

Also, World number one Rory McIlroy was impressive when he beat Rickie Fowler during his singles match 5&4 on the final day.

Despite the incredible efforts from all 12 players, Torrance heaped the praise on the main he was assisting and believes that McGinley was the decisive factor.

Captain genius

“Paul was vastly different to any captains I played under,” added Torrance.

“He had a master-plan which began the morning he was given the captaincy, while he was meticulous, had a wealth of information and ran things like a well-oiled machine.

“He was incredible in the team room with the way he spoke to the players and how he made sure all the caddies were involved with us.

“He made everybody feel part of the team and everyone felt as if they were in a big, happy family.

“It built up across the week, too – he was very quiet on the Monday and then got the team buzzing a bit more every day so that the boys were up and ready come game time.

“He wanted the players walking from the range to the first tee, not taking a buggy, so they could feel like gladiators coming through the tunnel.

“He was just extraordinary.”

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