Sam Torrance celebrates after holing the winning putt for Europe on 18th at The Belfry in the 1985 Ryder Cup. Picture: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Sam Torrance hangs up clubs saying: ‘I didn’t win a major but I had fun”

There will be no more “play it again, Sam”. Nearly 50 years after he turned professional, Sam Torrance has called time on his competitive career. The man who holds the record for most appearances on the European Tour and gave us an iconic moment as he raised his arms skywards on the 18th green at The Belfry in 1985 after holing the winning putt in a Ryder Cup has officially retired at the age of 66.

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Ten holes at Whistling Straits will have fan access on one side. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty

Buggy ban for next year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

The vice captains for next year’s Ryder Cup are set to be the fittest in the event’s history due to the fact they’ll be walking at Whistling Straits and not darting around the course in golf carts. Because of the undulating terrain of the spectacular Pete Dye-designed layout on the banks of Lake Michigan, only the two captains, Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington, will be permitted to use four wheels to float between matches as opposed to two legs.

European captain Padraig Harrington, right, and United States skipper Steve Stricker speak to the media at Whistling Straits. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Padraig Harrington says Ryder Cup ‘never ceases to keep giving’

Sitting in the Irish Barn at Whistling Straits wasn’t the only thing that made Padraig Harrington feel at home. “It looks like an Irish day out there,” he observed on a dank morning on the banks of Lake Michigan as a weather front swept in from the west, bringing a dramatic change from the glorious warm sunshine the previous day in Wisconsin. “An Irish summer’s day,” he added with one of his boyish smiles.

Bob McIntyre on the sixth tee at the Old Course. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Dunhill Links: Bob MacIntyre finally cracks Old Course code

The Old Course, eh? Bathed in autumn sunshine – as it was for the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – it really is a thing of a beauty. Even under a leaden sky earlier in the week, Jon Rahm had been spellbound playing it for the first time in a practice round for the £4 million pro am.

Richie Ramsay is the leading Scot after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Posse of Scots make strong starts in Dunhill Links

Due to it being played over three courses, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is a right old guddle. It’s not until Saturday night, after everyone has played at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, that the leaderboard in the 
£4 million event really starts 
to reveal itself with any sort of clarity. It was an encouraging first day, nonetheless, for a posse of Scots.

Justin Rose and Justin Timberlake team up at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St Andrews. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Justin Rose: Bahamas disaster puts golf into perspective

Justin Rose is facing six-hour rounds of golf over the next few days at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns and is likely to be faced with some dreich conditions at some stage during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. So what when you are still coming to terms with the Bahamas, where he has lived for around five years now, recovering from the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.

Shane Lowry, right, and coach Neil Manchip during a practice round before the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty

Open champion Shane Lowry vows to have dry week at Dunhill Links

The Open champion is here with the Claret Jug but, unlike the boisterous immediate aftermath of his stunning success at Royal Portrush earlier in the year, Shane Lowry won’t be showing it off with a pint of Guinness in his other hand. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship may be renowned for being one of the big social weeks on the European Tour, but one of its star attractions this time around has signed the pledge.

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