Ryder Cup: Darren Clarke makes Sam Torrance fifth vice-captain

Sam Torrance
The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine will be the 10th that Torrance (centre) has been involved in, including captaining Europe to victory in 2002

Sam Torrance has been named as Europe's fifth vice-captain for September's Ryder Cup by captain Darren Clarke.

Torrance, 62, played in eight consecutive Ryder Cups between 1981 and 1995, and captained Europe to victory at the Belfry in 2002.

The Scot joins Ian Poulter, Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington in Clarke's captaincy team at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

Clarke, 47, described Torrance as a "good friend" and "wonderful captain".

"It is a tremendous honour and as soon as Darren asked me, I had no hesitation in saying yes," Torrance told the Ryder Cup website.

"I have great respect for Darren 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."

The Ryder Cup takes place from 30 September to 2 October.