Torrance given Bjorn boost


Thomas Bjorn gave Europe Ryder Cup skipper Sam Torrance a boost today after revealing that a shoulder injury should not keep him out of the showdown with the US.

Bjorn, described by Torrance as one of his key men for the forthcoming battle at The Belfry, was forced to withdraw from the European Masters here after the second round complaining of a sore shoulder.

Initially it was feared the Dane could be doubtful for the September 28th-30th match against America. But after seeing a specialist in London on Saturday the injury fears have subsided.

"The initial prognosis was not as concerning as some people were speculating," Bjorn's manager Guy Kinnings said.

"The feeling is that there is little problem over the Ryder Cup.

"He has not officially pulled out of this week's American Express event in St Louis yet, but it looks odds-on that he will and instead go to Paris next week for the Lancome Trophy."

Bjorn is expected to confirm his withdrawal from the Amex World Championship event on Monday.