European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke names Sam Torrance as fifth vice-captain

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European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has named Sam Torrance as his fifth vice-captain for September’s contest at Hazeltine.

Clarke made the announcement during a press conference ahead of this week’s US PGA Championship and said he was “delighted” that 2002 skipper Torrance had agreed to join Ian Poulter, Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington on his backroom staff.

“Sam’s been a very good friend of mine for a long time,” former Open champion Clarke said. “He was a wonderful captain to play under at The Belfry.

“He was very thorough and everybody that played under him enjoyed the week because it can been difficult at times, but Sam put everybody at ease and made everyone comfortable.”

Torrance said: “It goes without saying that I am very proud to be part of the backroom team for The 2016 Ryder Cup. It is a tremendous honour and as soon as Darren asked me, I had no hesitation in saying yes.

“I have known Darren for many years and have great respect for him 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.

“Obviously The Ryder Cup has been hugely important to me in my career, both as a player and a captain, and I am therefore really looking forward to adding another chapter to the story at Hazeltine.”