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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.

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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.

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