An Enduring Passion

In an Enduring Passion, Sam recalls every great moment in the two decades he spent pursuing Ryder Cup glory and looks at how the event has changed since he was trying to qualify for it as a player in the late 1970s. Read more...


Sam Torrance OBE was born in Largs, North Ayrshire, on the 24th August 1953. He is a professional golfer, golf course designer and commentator. Sam is married to Suzanne and has three wonderful children Daniel, Phoebe and Anouska.

Sam followed his Father’s footsteps into a golfing career and turned professional in 1970. He has enjoyed a remarkable career amassing 44 tournament wins. He won on the European Tour twenty-one times and won the European Senior Tour order of Merit in 2005, 2006 and 2009. He is famous for his long driving, accurate irons play and as one of the early pioneers of the broom-handle putter.

Sam was a member of the European Ryder Cup team a remarkable eight times and sunk the winning putt at the Belfry in 1985 to deny the Americans for the first time in 28 years. He famously captained the winning European Ryder Cup team in 2002 at the Belfry to a 3 point victory. Sam's love affair with the Ryder Cup was rekindled in 2014 when Paul McGinley chose him as one of the vice captains of his winning European Ryder Cup team. Sam's experience proved invaluable and he will be fulfilling a similar role for Darren Clarke's team at Hazeltine in October 2016.

Never far away from a Golf Course, Sam has been building a strong reputation as a Golf Course Designer by designing the Torrance Course at the home of golf, St Andrews

In between tournaments and golf course design, Sam often takes his place in the commentary box each year where he commentates on several leading golf tournaments and Majors.