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.
Des SmythThe 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 TorrancePerhaps 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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