Noted Scottish golf instructor, father of Sam Torrance, died Friday at 82
July 19, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Bob Torrance works with Padraig Harrington at the 2010 Ryder Cup. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, England -- The black ribbons players are wearing during the third round of The Open Championship ae in honor of Bob Torrance, the highly-regarded Scottish golf instructor and father of former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance, who died Friday.
Sam announced his father's death on Twitter: "Sad day my dad just passed away peacefully in his sleep #reallygoingtomisshim"
The elder Torrance, who was 82, had been battling cancer. Among his most famous students were three-time major champ Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.
Harrington went to see Torrance several weeks ago. The two-time Open champ found out about the death of his former coach shortly after finishing his round at Royal Liverpool on Friday.
“He was a like a father to me,” Harrington told the Irish Golf Desk. "His passing is not to be mourned. He did this game a great service. He loved it and whomever came in contact with him, walked away with a better experience. Isn’t that a fabulous way to go out of this world?"
McGinley is this year's European Ryder Cup captain. He has tabbed Sam Torrance as one of his vice captains.
"This is an incredibly sad day as we have lost one of life's, as well as one of golf's, really true characters," McGinley said.
Players from around the world reacted to Torrance's death on Twitter.
Very sad news about Bob Torrance. Spent many hours on the range with him up in Largs. I would not be where I am today without Bob. #RIPBOB— Darren Clarke (@DarrenClarke60) July 18, 2014
RIP Bob Torrance. What a character. What a teacher. What a man. I loved him— Gary Player (@garyplayer) July 19, 2014
Bob Torrance lived and breathed golf, a true gentlemen admired by all, he will be missed. Thoughts with June and Sam at this time #RIPBob— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) July 18, 2014
Really sad news Bob Torrance just passed away. An amazing man who coached so many great players. He will be missed. Bob #RIP— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 18, 2014
Very sad to hear the passing of the true golf coaching legend Bob Torrance today! Our best wishes and love to June&Sam at this time #RIPBob— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) July 18, 2014
The response to my dads passing has been very moving thanks to all #iknewhowspecialhewasgladothersdidtoo— Sam Torrance (@torrancesam) July 18, 2014