Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sam Torrance awarded Honorary Life
Membership of the European Tour

Sam Torrance has been recognised for his record-
breaking European Tour career and Ryder Cup heroics
by becoming the latest addition to the exclusive group of
Honorary Life Members of the European Tour.
As the European Tour enters a new era at this week’s
BMW PGA Championship, the first event of the new
Rolex Series, Torrance’s significant contribution to all
aspects of the Tour and Ryder Cup was recognised at
Tuesday night’s Championship Reception when he was
presented with the accolade by European Tour Chairman
David Williams.
Torrance said: “It’s fantastic. It’s been my whole life. I
should really be honouring the European Tour for giving
me such an arena to play golf. What a life. It has been so
rewarding – the people I’ve met, the places, I’ve been.
What a journey.
“It’s very special to receive this honour. The European
Tour has always made me feel very special though.
“The Ryder Cup captaincy was definitely the highlight of
my career but I’ve many memories. I won the Australian
PGA in 1980, which to this day is still my biggest win. I
played with Seve the last two rounds. Seve finished
second, Greg Norman finished third. I beat the pair of
them and when I came off the last green, Seve said, “Hey
Sam, you’re very tough to beat”. For someone as
legendary as that to say that to me, it gave me so much
"Up to that point I’d only won twice and hadn’t
played in The Ryder Cup yet. I went on to win a few and
play in a few Ryder Cups and a lot was down to that great
In total the 63 year old Scot went on to play 706 events
which, to this day, remains a European Tour record. It
total he won 21 times on Tour between 1976 and 1998.
Torrance carried that success into the European Senior
Tour, winning the John Jacobs Trophy by topping the
Order of Merit on three separate occasions – in 2005,
2006 and 2009 – and winning a total of 11 titles on the
over 50s Tour.




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