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SAM TORRANCE
Birth Date: August 24, 1953
Birthplace: Largs, Scotland
Age: 50 Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 189
Home: Wentworth, England

Turned Professional: 1970

Joined European Tour: 1972

European Tour Playoff record: 4-2

PGA European Tour Victories: 22 - 1976 Piccadily Medal, Martini International, 1981 Irish Open, 1982 Spanish Open, Portuguese Open, 1983 Scandinavian Enterprise Open, Portuguese Open, 1984 Tunisian Open, Benson & Hedges International, Sanyo Open, 1985 Monte Carlo Open, 1987 Italian Open, 1990 German Masters, 1991 Jersey European Airways Open, 1993 Kronenbourg Open, Heineken Open Catalonia, Scottish PGA Championship, Honda Open, 1995 Italian Open, Irish Open, Collingtree British Masters, 1998 Peugeot Open de France.

Player Notes: The son of a club professional at Largs on the Ayrshire coast, Torrance turned pro at age 17. He joined the European Tour in 1972 and won the Under-25 Matchplay championship and a non-tour event, the Radici Open, in Italy. He finished the year 37th on the Order of Merit and was Rookie-of-the-Year. in his early years he played in tournaments everywhere, except the United States. Since 1976 he has been in the top 25 of the order ever year except for 1988, '92 & '97. Since 1976 he has been in the top-10, eleven times.

BULLET = He was a member of the 1981, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93 & '95 Ryder Cup Team and will be toasted forever as the man who holed the winning putt in the Ryder Cup at Belfry in 1985.

BULLET = He was also the first big name pro on the European Tour to switch to the 48 inch "broomhandle" putter after problems putting in 1988. Has used it every year since

1990 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 25; top ten finishes - 4; stroke average 71.21 (ranked 22th); money £248,203 (ranked 7th); won German Masters. . . 

1991 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 19; top ten finishes - 8; stroke average 71.76 (ranked 30th); money £206,592 (ranked 16th); winner Jersey European Airways Open. . . 

1992 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 17; top ten finishes - 3; stroke average 71.65 (ranked 41st); money £84,488 (ranked 62th); best finish, T-4th Portuguese Open.

1993 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 25; top ten finishes - 8; stroke average 71.18 (ranked 17th); money £421,328 (ranked 5th); winner Kronenbourg Open, Heineken Open Catalonia & Honda Open.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 18; top ten finishes - 8; stroke average 70.83 (ranked 13th); money £186,044 (ranked 22nd); best finish, T-3rd, European Masters.

1994 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 5; top ten finishes - 1; stroke average 71.85; money - $123,492 (ranked 136th); best finish, 3rd, Freeport-McMoRan Classic.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; top ten finishes - 12; stroke average 70.28 (ranked 3rd); money £755,706 (ranked 2nd); winner, Murphy's Irish Open, Italian Open & Collingtree British Masters.

1995 PGA Tour Summary: Played in two tournaments that counted on the PGA Tour, T-11th in the British Open and T-23rd at the PGA Championship - money - $56,970 (ranked 194th).

1996 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 15; top ten finishes - 3; stroke average 71.80 (ranked 34th); money £228,692 (ranked 22nd); best finish, 2nd, Canon European Masters, T-2nd Volvo Masters.

1996 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 2; top ten finishes - 0; money - $41,454 (ranked 204th); best finish, T-16th, U.S. Open.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; top ten finishes - 3; stroke average 71.79 (ranked 74th); money £115,434 (ranked 97th); best finish, 2nd, Canon European Masters, T-6th One 2 One British Masters.

1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 4; in money - 2; top ten finishes - 0; money - $18,985 (ranked 242nd); best finish, T-39th, Masters.

1998 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 20; top ten finishes - 5; stroke average 70.80 (ranked 11th); money £286,807 (ranked 14th); winner, Peugeot Open de France.

Credit for one start on the PGA Tour in 1998 and that was his T-24th finish at the British Open.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 72.41 (105th); ¢Eruo 123,355 or £88,111 (ranked 93rd); best finish, T4th, Canon European Masters.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 72.06 (ranked 80th); ¢Eruo 180,603 or £107,409 (ranked 87th); best finish, T6th, Linde German Masers.

2001 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 72.71 (ranked 183rd); ¢Eruo 41,450 or £25,772 (ranked 180th); best finish, T37th, Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.34 (ranked 54th); ¢Eruo 268,771 or £171,372 (ranked 85th); best finish, 3rd, Diageo Scottish PGA Championship.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 9; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 72.96 (ranked N/A); ¢Eruo 42,820 or £29,854 (ranked 180th); best finish, T21st, BMW Asian Open.

Earned fully-exempt status for 2004 on the Champions Tour by finishing T6, along with Fred Gibson, at the Champions Tour's National Qualifying Tournament near Fort Lauderdale, Fla.