Torrance is one of the most popular and charismatic golfers in the
world. He has spent the last three decades at the top of the professional
game, but it is his exploits in the Ryder Cup that are truly astounding.
As a player in the Ryder Cup, he is famous for his winning putt
for Europe on the 18th green at the Belfry in 1985. And it was as
captain of the team that Sam was to cap his glorious career, when
on the 29th September 2002 Europe regained the Ryder Cup - an event
watched by over one billion people worldwide.
in his autobiography, published in the week which marks the first
anniversary of the momentous win at the Ryder Cup, Sam, who turns
fifty this year, talks openly about the influences on his life.
From his youth growing up in Largs, Scotland, where he first acquired
his life-long love of golf and gambling, to his wife Suzanne, to
whom he proposed on Concorde and married in a surprise wedding at
Skibo castle. He reveals how much his family inspires him from his
close relationship with his father who has coached Sam throughout
his career, through to his children, including his son, Daniel aged
14, who looks set to carry on the family golfing tradition.
relives his elation at sinking the winning putt for Europe in the
1985 Ryder Cup and reveals how over-exuberant antics in the Swiss
alps the week before the Ryder Cup brought him close to a disaster
which could have caused him to miss the event completely. He also
comments on the dirty US tactics at the 1999 Ryder Cup, and his
joy at his superb victory as captain of the European Ryder Cup team
in 2002. From his sleepwalking antics, to his love of the broom
handle putter and his strong friendship with fellow golfers Sam
is a true character. Sam Torrance The Autobiography charts the highs
and lows of his fascinating life and a remarkable thirty years in
25th September 2003
Price: £18.99 hardback
ISBN: 0563 487 402