Torrance, Smyth picked as Ryder Cup vice captains

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 6:49 am •  Published: March 6, 2014
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DUBLIN (AP) — Europe captain Paul McGinley selected Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as two of his vice captains on Thursday for this year's Ryder Cup against United States at Gleneagles.

Torrance captained Europe to victory in the 2002 event, when McGinley holed the winning putt at the Belfry. The 61-year-old Smyth has played in the Ryder Cup twice and was Ian Woosnam's assistant in the 2006 competition at the K Club.

"They first came to mind to me when I was put in position as Ryder Cup captain last January," McGinley said. "These two men have been a sounding board for me, both personally and professionally, and have proved time and again to me with their ability and passion and judgment that they are ideal for the role."

McGinley said his other assistants will be announced after the team is formalized in September.

The 2014 Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 26-28. Europe will be defending the trophy for the second time after winning 14½-13½ at Celtic Manor in 2010 and by the same score at Medinah in 2012.

McGinley has known Smyth since he was a teenager and described his fellow Irishman as a "mentor" during his professional career.

"In many ways, he was a natural choice for me," McGinley said. "As a vice captain to Ian Woosnam at the K Club, I found him to be very inspirational, astute, a voice of reason with great clarity of thought."

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