Gleneagles Vice
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/6/14
Earlier today, 2014 Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain Paul McGinley named Des Smyth of Ireland and Sam Torrance of Scotland as his first two Vice Captains. In a statement, McGinley lavished praise on the two:
"I am delighted to officially unveil Des and Sam as two of my Vice Captains for The Ryder Cup. As well as being good friends, they are two guys that I greatly admire both personally and professionally and I know they will be vital assets to me in Scotland in September.

"They were the first two people I had in mind for this role when I was appointed captain and, since then, I have talked to a lot of the experienced European players about having them as part of the team and, to a man, they have been very supportive of the idea.

"Des took me under his wing when I was a young rookie on Tour and he gave me tremendous advice which was not only valuable then but has continued to ring true for me throughout my professional career. His views and ideas about The Ryder Cup particularly have consistently proved to be spot on and I really enjoyed working with him as a Vice Captain in 2006 when I was a player.

"Sam is a man who has probably had the most influence on me in terms of playing team golf in my career. Being my first captain in The Ryder Cup in 2002, I learned a huge amount from him and have continued to do so over the years. Since those early days, our relationship has grown to see us become firm friends and, living not far apart, we see a lot of each other socially as well."

Des Smyth

The 61-year-old Irishman (Drogheda, County Louth) played in both the 1979 and 1981 Ryder Cups, the first two in which the United States faced Team Europe, instead of Great Britain and Ireland. At the 2006 Ryder Cup, Smythe was a Vice Captain to Ian Woosman when Team Europe wiped out the United States 18½ to 9½.

Sam Torrance

Perhaps aside from Nick Faldo and the late Seve Ballesteros, almost nobody is better identified with Team Europe than the 60-year-old Scotsman. He played in every single Ryder Cup from 1981 to 1995, including the winning teams in 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1995. And then in 2002 at The Belfry, Torrance captained Team Europe to another victory from the sidelines.

Even more than continuity with the past, Torrance's presence at Gleneagles will represent a gargantuan amount of Ryder Cup experience, which young stars like Justin Rose, Victor Dubuisson, and Joost Luiten could surely use and probably desire.

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