LONDON:Britain honoured golfer Sam Torrance yesterday for his captaincy of the European Ryder Cup team during September’s stunning victory over the United States.
The win at England’s Belfry course earned Torrance an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List.
With the teams locked at 8-8 going into the final day, Torrance gambled by sending out his best players first in the singles matches in a bid to gain early momentum.
His bold masterstroke worked superbly as Europe beat the US by 15.5 points to 12.5.
“The Ryder Cup triumph was one of the great sporting moments of the year,” Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official spokesman said.
Other sports awards were thin on the ground in this year’s Honours List.
No England football player was honoured after the team’s quarter-final World Cup exit but England rugby union flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson was made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
The British game’s most famous commentator, Scot Bill McLaren, becomes a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). Athlete Steve Backley gets an OBE after winning his fourth straight European javelin title.
Ashia Hansen, who retained her Commonwealth title, receives an MBE. – Reuters