Sam Torrance

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Gordon Brand Jr has died aged 60. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Two-time Ryder Cup player Gordon Brand Jr has died at the age of 60. Brand followed in the footsteps of his father Gordon Brand Sr, who was a club pr(...)

Mallow’s James Sugrue fist bumps his opponent David Micheluzzi of Australia after both birdied the 14th hole during the semi-final of the  British Amateur Championship at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photograph: Pat Cashman

What was it Sam Torrance used to say about players stepping out of the shadows in Ryder Cups? In truth, this 124th British Amateur Championship at Por(...)

 Phil Mickelson finished bottom of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship - 13 over par. Photograph: PA

Will we see the envelope rule used at this Ryder Cup? Only time will tell, but there have been a couple of occasions the rule – first introduced back (...)

 Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the 2014 Ryder Cup with his team  at the Gleneagles Hotel in  Scotland. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The piped music beats out of the speaker system built into the ceiling above Paul McGinley’s head. He is seated on a cosy armchair in the Westbury Hot(...)

 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has named Sam Torrance as his fifth vice-captain for September’s contest at Hazeltine. Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Sam Torrance has been named as Europe’s fifth and final vice-captain for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in September. Torrance, who captained the European(...)

Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Jnr in action on the 2nd tee at the 2000 Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. One of the biggest stars of Irish golf, has died. Photo:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

There were a few embellishments to Christy O’Connor jnr, like the trademark white flat cap from under which his silver locks escaped. Always, too, the(...)

England’s Nick Faldo: An ‘arsehole’, according to Sam Torrance. Photograph: Rebecca Naden / PA

Sam Torrance has described Paul McGinley as the “best (Ryder Cup) captain there has ever been” but labelled 2008 skipper Nick Faldo an “arsehole”.Fald(...)

 Chief feferee Andy McFee talks with Europe team captain Paul McGinley ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

A cool breeze brushed over the hillocks here at Gleneagles resort yesterday, almost as if it were blowing away the smokescreens that had formed around(...)

A convoy of buggies at Gleneagles yesterday as preparations continue for this week’s Ryder Cup. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA.

The empty grandstands rise like sentinels into the Perthshire skyline at Gleneagles, jockeying for visual dominance with the monolithic, multi-tiered(...)

Philip Price of Europe celebrates on the 16th green after a 3 & 2 victory over Phil Mickelson during the final day singles of the 34th Ryder Cup matches between Europe and the USA at the De Vere Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England on September 29, 2002. Europe won 15.5 to 12.5. Photo:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

European captain Sam Torrance sidled up to Philip Price on the putting green ahead of the Sunday singles in the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry and told (...)

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