Torrance leads by example

20 putts, a hole in one, six under par and the first day lead, sounds like Tiger Woods...but it's's Torrance!

Fri, 23 Jun 2000

If there were a prize for the best three-ball of the year, Sam Torrance, Peter Mitchell and Aussie Lucas Parsons would have no competition for that title after the way they played Slaley Hall yesterday.

In statistics more akin to Tiger Woods playing golf on acid, next years Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance showed why he leads the European Tour putting statistics as he waltzed his way around the Northumberland venue in a mere 20 putts, equalling the current European Tour record held by Mark Mouland. And he only needed "eight" goes with his broomstick on the back nine.

Torrance, playing the finest golf for some years consolidated his amazing putting stats with a hole in one at the par three 14th hole where his seven iron took two bounces and a roll straight into the front door of the cup on his way to a 6-under par 66 and the first day lead.

Playing partner Pete Mitchell started the fun for the three-ball, holing out from 220-yards on the par five 11th for only the second albatross on the European Tour this year.

And Lucas Parsons, desperate to get in on the action, left his tee shot at the long par three 17th hanging on the lip of the cup for another hole-in one and missing the chance to drive away a car for his effort.

The three-ball were a total of 10-under par for the back nine.

Torrance provided his potential Ryder Cup players with a true Captain's innings as he lead by example. Not far behind are Darren Clarke (69), Lee Westwood (68) and Andrew Coltart (68).

In a post match interview on Sky Sports, Torrance was drawn on the Ryder Cup issue of Mark James' controversial book and the Scotsman had everyone who watched it in stitches when he replied to Dominic Holyer's question.

"The way Jesse (James) and Nick are playing right now, they both will make the team. How about Faldo and James out first morning in the fourballs!"

Now that would make for a quiet game wouldn't it!



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