Monday, September 9

European Ryder Cup Hero Sam Torrance Quit Playing Golf Two Years Ago: 'I've Kind of Lost the Love for It'

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SAM TORRANCE IS A RYDER CUP HERO who has played eight times for the European side and captained his team to victory in 2002. The Scot has also won 21 times on the European Tour (10th all time) and another 11 on the European senior circuit.

Despite this enviable record -- or perhaps because of it -- the 66-year-old golf legend has put down his sticks.

"I've kind of lost the love for it," Torrance told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I'm not very good. The hardest thing … is I'm mediocre compared to what I was."

Torrance decided to quit two years ago after reviewing his tournament results with his manager. His best finish was 35th. And he was an aggregate 200 over par.

"So it was time," he said.

Torrance added: "Even with my mates I'm struggling to find the impetus to get up there and do it."

Torrance made the putt that clinched the 1985 Ryder Cup, which was the first victory for Europe in 28 years. Since then Europe has pretty much owned the Americans, winning 12 of the last 17 contests.

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