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Torrance delighted at Gleneagles inclusion

Sam Torrance struggled to hide his delight at seeing his involvement with the Ryder Cup renewed after being named a vice-captain for this year’s event.

Captain for the European team, Paul McGinley, unveiled Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two assistant captains for the upcoming showdown at Gleneagles.

Torrance has been a feature at eight Ryder Cup teams as player and then skipper in a memorable victory at the Belfry in 2002, when McGinley holed the winning putt.

Torrance and McGinley are close friends and have been for a number of years, so the Scot is looking to play a vital role in preparing the team for combat over the following months.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Torrance said: "Everyone knows how much The Ryder Cup has meant to me over my career so I am absolutely delighted to be involved once again.

"Paul was a special part of my team at The Belfry in 2002 and he knows I will do everything possible to help him and the team at Gleneagles in September.

"I was never prouder in my career than when I put on the Ryder Cup sweater and it's no different this time. If I can do a 10th on Paul's team of what he did for my team I'll be a very happy man.”

He added: "We would do anything for the Ryder Cup. Paul is a great man and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"I feel I bring experience to the team. Our role as vice-captains, we're the buffer between the players and the captain. A player can come to us with a problem, and we can sort that problem 99.9% of the time.

"If we can't, then we'll take it to Paul. But he'll have enough on his mind that week. I'm a good people person, I get on well in the team room, and I'll stay up as late as anybody wants to listen to their problems."

Smyth played in two Ryder Cups in 1979 and 1981 respectively and also served as vice-captain to Ian Woosnam in the massive victory over the USA at the K Club in 2006.

Smyth said: "I was thrilled when Paul contacted me and asked me to be one of his vice-captains at Gleneagles, and there was no hesitation for me in saying 'yes'.

"I relished the opportunity to be a vice-captain at The K Club in 2006 and I look forward to playing a positive role once again in supporting Paul and the team.”