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Published: 20:00 | 27/7/16

Clarke names Torrance vice-captain


European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has appointed Sam Torrance as his fifth vice-captain for this year's tournament at Hazeltine.

As a player, Torrance represented Europe in eight Ryder Cups before captaining the side to victory at the Belfry in 2002. He was also a vice-captain under Paul McGinley at Gleneagles two years ago.

The 62-year-old joins Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie and Ian Poulter, who have already been named as vice-captains for September's competition.

"It goes without saying that I am very proud to be part of the backroom team for the 2016 Ryder Cup. It is a tremendous honour and as soon as Darren asked me, I had no hesitation in saying yes," Torrance said.

"I have known Darren for many years and have great respect for him and all that he has achieved in the game.

"I think you can see in all the hard work and attention to detail he has put in already that he will be a great captain and he knows he can count on me to be of service to the team in any way I can.

"Obviously, the Ryder Cup has been hugely important to me in my career, both as a player and a captain, and I am therefore really looking forward to adding another chapter to the story at Hazeltine."

Clarke added: "There is nothing in terms of the Ryder Cup that he hasn't seen, done, or been part of since he first played in the contest 35 years ago and I know that experience will be vital to everyone involved with Team Europe this time round.

"I have tremendous respect for Sam as a person and in terms of the Ryder Cup, he was a fantastic captain in 2002.

"I cannot speak highly enough of the way he guided myself and the entire team that year in what were difficult circumstances after the 2001 contest was postponed. I know he will bring that same knowledge and guile again this time round."


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