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Encyclopedia > Sam Torrance
Sam Torrance
Personal Information
Birth August 24, 1953 (1953-08-24) (age 54)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Nationality Flag of Scotland Scotland
Residence Virginia Water, England
College None
Career
Turned Pro 1970
Current tour European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 41 (European Tour: 21, European Senior Tour: 9, Other: 11)
Best Results in Major Championships
Masters T31: 1985
U.S. Open T16: 1996
British Open 5th: 1981
PGA Championship T23: 1995

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Torrance turned professional at sixteen and joined the European Tour at seventeen. He achieved his first professional win in 1972 and his first European Tour win in 1976. He won twenty-one 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. In 2003 Torrance became eligible to play in senior tournaments and he picked up his first win on the European Seniors Tour in 2004. He topped the European Seniors Tour's Order of Merit in both 2005 and 2006. Personal Information Birth June 23, 1963 ) (age 44) Glasgow, Scotland Height 6 ft 1 in (1. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The European Seniors Tour is a professional tour for male golfers aged 50 and over. ...


Torrance played for Europe in the Ryder Cup eight times. In 1985 he sank the winning putt which deprived the Americans of the trophy for the first time in twenty-eight years. Seventeen years later 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). The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... The De Vere Belfry is a prestigious golf resort in Wishaw, Warwickshire, near Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ...


Torrance married English actress Suzanne Danielle in 1988. He was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to golf and an OBE in the 2003 New Year Honours List for his captaincy of Europe's Ryder Cup team. Suzanne Danielle (born January 14, 1957), is an English actress. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander...

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European Tour wins (21)

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Other wins (11)

  • 1972 Radici Open (Italy), Under-25 Match Play Championship
  • 1975 Zambian Open
  • 1978 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1979 Colombian Open
  • 1980 Australian PGA Championship, Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1983 C* Scottish PGA Championship (Challenge Tour)
  • 1985 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1991 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 1993 Scottish Professional Championship
  • 2006 Hassan II Golf Trophy

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European Seniors Tour wins (9)

Wentworth Senior Masters is a mens professional golf tournament on the European Seniors Tour. ... The Jersey Seniors Classic is a mens senior (over 50) professional golf tournament on the European Seniors Tour. ... The PGA Seniors Championship is a European Seniors Tour golf tournament for men aged fifty and above. ... The London Seniors Masters is a mens professional golf tournament for players aged fifty and above. ... The Italian Seniors Open is a mens professional golf tournament for players aged 50 and above which is part of the European Seniors Tour schedule. ... The Irish Seniors Open is the Irish stop on mens golfs European Seniors Tour. ... The Senior PGA Championship is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ... The Scottish Seniors Open is a mens professional golf tournament on the European Seniors Tour. ... The London Seniors Masters is a mens professional golf tournament for players aged fifty and above. ...

Team appearances

  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1981, 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied and retained trophy), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 2002 (non-playing captain of winning team)
  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Scotland): 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995 (winning team), 1999
  • World Cup (representing Scotland): 1976, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995
  • Four Tours World Championship: 1985, 1991 (winning captain)
  • Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1976 (winners), 1978 (winners), 1980 (winners), 1982 (winners), 1984
  • Double Diamond: 1973 (winners), 1976, 1977
  • UBS Cup: 2001, 2002, 2003

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Results in major championships

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T46 CUT CUT T19 CUT CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T31 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T38 5 12 T53 T9 T16 T21 T50 T48 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP T33 DNP CUT T39 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP T21 DNP T16 DNP DNP CUT DNP
The Open Championship T39 T44 CUT T51 CUT T11 CUT CUT T23 DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP T30 T23 CUT T45 DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
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See also

This is a list of golfers who have won ten or more events on the PGA European Tour since it was established in 1970. ...

External links

  • Profile on the European Tour's official site

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