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Torrence plays on despite gashing head

Accident-prone European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance is in the wars again after gashing his head on his car door on arriving at The Belfry to play the Benson and Hedges International Open.

Torrance has suffered a series of injuries and mishaps in his career. In 1993 he went sleepwalking at the same Belfry hotel, bumped into a giant flowerpot and cracked a bone in his sternum, putting his Ryder Cup place in jeopardy.

The 46-year-old will play this tournament sporting a head bandage after two stitches in a wound.

"I was just getting the luggage out of my car and I think someone came by and half-closed the door.

"It's a glass window with no frame around it and I just never saw it coming. I bashed my head and there was blood spurting out all over the place, like a Stephen King movie.

"But it wasn't life-threatening and it isn't golf-threatening so at least I've got it out of the way early."

In 1995 Torrance tore neck muscles while lifting his daughter out of her pram. He decided to play through the pain in that year's Italian Open and went on to win it.

The injury returned to haunt him at the beginning of last season and ended his chances of playing in the Ryder Cup at Brookline where he was one of Mark James's vice-captains.

Torrance holed the winning putt to clinch the 1985 Ryder Cup for Europe. He has returned the compliment by naming James as one of his two vice-captains for The Belfry next year.

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