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Torrance loses European Tour card

Sam Torrance has given up on winning back his European Tour card for next season - and will quit the circuit at the end of next year.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain lost his card when he failed to make an impression during last week's Madrid Open and will now rely on invitations next season before turning his atten-tions to the seniors tour.

Torrance could have gone and played in Italy this weekend for one last attempt, but has decided not to bother. "I don't have the desire any more," admitted the Scot.

"After 30 years on Tour I have lost my card and I feel sick about it. My failure to make the cut at last week's Madrid Open means I have had to concede the battle.

"I could have gone to the Italian Open this week to give it one last go. I thought long and hard about it because I'm playing very well.

"But in all honesty I just don't have the desire. My game is there. Don't forget I played very well at the World Match Play too. I played the golf of my life there and I surprised myself in a way."

Torrance will next be in action at the Warburg Cup at Kiawah Island in two weeks' time. The event pits 12-man teams from America and the Rest of the World - all aged 40 or over - against each other.

Torrance said: "I suppose it is the seniors' equivalent of the Ryder Cup."

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