Sam Torrance

68 – Sam Torrance’s putt to win the Ryder Cup

September 15, 1985

AS we all know, Scotland is the Home of Golf.

But the USA is the driving force of the sport.

Every two years, the Ryder Cup used to be a chance for Americans to demonstrate their dominance, especially when up against Great Britain and Ireland.

The team was changed to Europe to make the match closer and in 1985, the Europeans were on the cusp of a first victory for 28 years. Captain Tony Jacklin had assembled a super team, all it needed was someone to finish the job.

For that, look no further than Sam Torrance, a man of Scottish golfing heritage.
Brought up in Largs, and coached by his legendary father, Bob, Sam had been a pro for 16 years by that Sunday afternoon at The Belfry.

Standing on the 18th green with an 18-foot putt, it was the moment every amateur has dreamed of – ‘This for the Ryder Cup’.

In it went and Sam raised his arms in the air, before being mobbed by his team-mates rushing on to the green.

His own life and the Ryder Cup were changed for ever.

Because that moment transformed the tournament.

It’s now one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and Europe have become the dominant team.

To celebrate such a momentous achievement, who better than a Scotsman to get the party started!

Torrance was in the thick of it and didn’t want it to end.

And he didn’t. He carried on partying for four days afterwards!